The Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium Located on Chicago's lakeshore, The Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! ⭐️ The Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere!
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Located on Chicago’s lakeshore, the museum typically hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, people-powered research, and other outreach efforts. Today, the Adler is bringing our unique approach—scientific exploration rooted in community and connection—to guests from around the world who can enjoy the digital Adler from their own homes, libraries, schools or offices.

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Rise and shine! 🌙✨ Wake up an hour before sunrise on 4/7 to start the day off with some early morning stargazing. 🪐 You'...
04/07/2021

Rise and shine! 🌙✨ Wake up an hour before sunrise on 4/7 to start the day off with some early morning stargazing. 🪐 You'll be able to see the waning crescent Moon, Jupiter and Saturn in the sky. 🌅 #LookUp

Dark energy. What is it? 🤔 Guess what—nobody really knows. But, scientists can measure what this mysterious force does! ...
04/06/2021

Dark energy. What is it? 🤔 Guess what—nobody really knows. But, scientists can measure what this mysterious force does! 👏 This #CitizenScienceMonth, join over 2.2K Adler Zooniverse volunteer citizen scientists and find distant galaxies that will help tell us the effects of dark energy through space and time: bit.ly/3sUXNIv

Your goal this April: volunteer as a citizen scientist! 👨‍💻 👩‍💻 Signing up to help real researchers through Adler Zooniv...
04/04/2021
This Citizen Science Month, join a real research project with Adler Zooniverse! | Adler Planetarium

Your goal this April: volunteer as a citizen scientist! 👨‍💻 👩‍💻 Signing up to help real researchers through Adler Zooniverse is super easy. ✨ And hey, we’ve selected five projects—including one directly tied to our museum collections—that need your help to get you started. 👏 Happy Citizen Science Month: bit.ly/3vuIcAY

As a citizen scientist, you'll help researchers complete projects on Adler Zooniverse, the largest citizen science platform in the world.

04/02/2021
Squirrel Goes To Space Music Video | Adler Planetarium

Space squirrels! 🐿 If a squirrel went to space, what other forest animals would join this earthling on its cosmic adventure? 🚀 Fly among the stars with Meredith as she helps a squirrel pick its astronaut crew!

[ 🎶: "Squirrel Goes To Space" Written By Meredith Stepien, Performed by Meredith Stepien and Mark Swiderski, Produced by Mark Swiderski ]

Moonwalk over to Art on the MART this spring and summer! 🎥 Our show Astrographics—a stellar public art display projected...
04/01/2021

Moonwalk over to Art on the MART this spring and summer! 🎥 Our show Astrographics—a stellar public art display projected onto The Merchandise Mart—explores the wonders of the cosmos with you through planetarium space visualizations. 🤩 Travel to other worlds in our mystical universe and beyond while listening to music from the Sun Ra Arkestra archives from the Experimental Sound Studio. 🎶 We're so excited! Catch the out-of-this-world show between 8:30pm-9pm until July 4th, 2021.
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😷 If and when viewing this Art on theMART show, please adhere to the City of Chicago's guidelines about COVID-19. All visitors must practice social distancing and wear a face covering. Thank you!

Happy April, stargazers! 🌼✨ This is no #AprilFoolsDay joke—a #supermoon (aka a Full Moon at perigee) will occur on 4/26....
04/01/2021

Happy April, stargazers! 🌼✨ This is no #AprilFoolsDay joke—a #supermoon (aka a Full Moon at perigee) will occur on 4/26. 👏 Look up at the #SuperPinkMoon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the naked eye this month in the night sky: bit.ly/3lnGRr1

03/31/2021
Skywatch Wednesday | The Largest Constellation In The Night Sky | Adler Planetarium

The largest and longest constellation in the night sky is one that most people have never heard of. 🐍 Hydra—the water snake—is the biggest constellation of the 88 modern constellations. 🌌 Learn more about this constellation and how our Milky Way galaxy doesn't look as prominent in the northern spring sky, allowing us to view other dimmer galaxies in this edition of Skywatch Wednesday.

[ 🎶: Fretless by Kevin MacLeod ]

Over the last 400 years, how has participation of and attitudes towards women in astronomy changed? 👩‍🚀🔭 Explore histori...
03/30/2021

Over the last 400 years, how has participation of and attitudes towards women in astronomy changed? 👩‍🚀🔭 Explore historic images in our online exhibit, Picturing Women In Astronomy and Space Exploration this #WomensHistoryMonth: bit.ly/3ejo7HE

As sweet as maple syrup! 🥞🍁  The March Full Moon—known as the Sap, Worm or Crow Moon—rises tonight (3/28) around sunset!...
03/28/2021

As sweet as maple syrup! 🥞🍁 The March Full Moon—known as the Sap, Worm or Crow Moon—rises tonight (3/28) around sunset! 🌕 This Moon is kinda special—if you can see it rise on a due east-west street, you might catch Moonhenge. 🌃 This means if you look east, you might be able to see the Moon rise between the buildings! #LookUp

03/26/2021
Everybody Poops In Space Music Video | Adler Planetarium

Everybody poops, even in space. 🚽 So, how do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? ➡️ F***l collections bags and space toilets (that can cost upwards of 23 million dollars). 🤯 Sing along with Earth Toilet and Poopina—our cosmic f***l collection bag—to determine which option is the better toilet.

Watch Wow! Signal Episode 3: Earthlings In Space ⚡️ https://youtu.be/r_3NgGT27I0

🦁 Can you find the constellation Leo twinkling in the night sky? Right now, the waxing gibbous Moon is among the stars o...
03/26/2021

🦁 Can you find the constellation Leo twinkling in the night sky? Right now, the waxing gibbous Moon is among the stars of this zodiac constellation. 🌔 Heads up: the Full Moon rises on 3/28! ✨ #LookUp

Look, stargazers—it's the Belt of Venus! 💖 This pinkish or yellowish band of light near the horizon is caused when sunli...
03/25/2021

Look, stargazers—it's the Belt of Venus! 💖 This pinkish or yellowish band of light near the horizon is caused when sunlight is backscattered by particles in the atmosphere during sunrise or sunset. 🌅 Don't you agree it makes the perfect backdrop for our stellar planetarium? 🙌

#AdlerFanFeature [ 📷: 9monique1 ]

Pro stargazing tip: when looking for spring constellations, use the Big Dipper as a guide! 🌌 The Big Dipper is an asteri...
03/23/2021

Pro stargazing tip: when looking for spring constellations, use the Big Dipper as a guide! 🌌 The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major. It is a circumpolar pattern of stars, which means it is always visible from mid-northern latitudes, no matter the time of year. 🤩 What are your favorite constellations to find using the Big Dipper?

Learn more with our astronomy educators: youtu.be/l7jsdOKXtX0?t=410

You know what makes us happy? 😊🌷 Sunshine, warmer weather, and spectacular golden celestial events! ☀️ Happy Spring, sta...
03/20/2021

You know what makes us happy? 😊🌷 Sunshine, warmer weather, and spectacular golden celestial events! ☀️ Happy Spring, stargazers.

#springequinox [ 📷: Nick Lake ]
#chicagohenge [ 📷: Barry Butler Photography ]

Connect the dots and what do you see? 🤩 Perhaps the Big Dipper?! Spring is in the air and the spring constellations are ...
03/19/2021

Connect the dots and what do you see? 🤩 Perhaps the Big Dipper?! Spring is in the air and the spring constellations are starting to emerge in the night sky. 🌷✨ Learn how to find bright stars and constellations using the Big Dipper, and see some deep space objects best visible this time of year with our astronomy educators! ⭐️ Subscribe and join us live on 3/22 at 7pm: youtu.be/l7jsdOKXtX0

03/17/2021
Skywatch Weekly | The Spring Equinox and Chicagohenge Phenomenon Explained | Adler Planetarium

Every year, our planet experiences two equinoxes: the spring equinox and fall equinox. ☀️ If you live in Chicago—or any city built using a grid system—you will experience a golden phenomenon in the days on and right after each equinox. 🌇 So, what is an equinox? And why does Chicagohenge occur? Turn the celestial calendar from winter to spring with Nick in this week’s edition of Skywatch Weekly.

[ 🎶: Fretless by Kevin MacLeod ]

Attention Chicagoans! 😎 It looks like Chicago's weather is finally thawing and we're feeling those "springtime is in the...
03/17/2021

Attention Chicagoans! 😎 It looks like Chicago's weather is finally thawing and we're feeling those "springtime is in the air" vibes. 🌷🌦 Just in time, too! The spring equinox occurs on March 20th, along with the famed golden phenomenon known as #Chicagohenge. 🌇 The Sun lines up perfectly with Chicago's east-west facing streets causing this spectacle to occur. Have you ever seen it? 📸 Share with your friends and safely keep your eyes peeled near sunrise and sunset around the #FirstDayOfSpring!

What exactly is #Chicagohenge? 🌇 Occurring twice a year, this spectacular phenomenon happens around the Spring Equinox a...
03/16/2021

What exactly is #Chicagohenge? 🌇 Occurring twice a year, this spectacular phenomenon happens around the Spring Equinox and Fall Equinox! 🌷🍁☀️ Learn the science behind this celestial event in Chicago and see it near the #FirstDayOfSpring: bit.ly/39LfkJD

[ 📷 : Tim Hara ]

🤫 We've got a secret to share. Did you know that NASA rovers have been carrying secret messages to Mars for years? 🤖 Cur...
03/15/2021

🤫 We've got a secret to share. Did you know that NASA rovers have been carrying secret messages to Mars for years? 🤖 Curiosity's wheels spell out "JPL" in Morse code as it rolls across the surface, which actually helps NASA confirm how far the rover has traveled. Most recently, the supersonic parachute that safely glided Perseverance to its landing site had an intricate design with two encoded messages in binary code: "Dare Mighty Things" and the GPS coordinates of JPL. One more secret ➡️: "Explore As One" is etched in Morse code on an aluminum plate that holds three chips with 10.9 million names from NASA's "Send Your Name To Mars" campaign! 🤯

[ 📷: NASA/JPL-Caltech ]

Uranus—everyone's favorite seventh planet from the Sun—was discovered in March 1781! 🔭 This Ice Giant actually rotates o...
03/13/2021

Uranus—everyone's favorite seventh planet from the Sun—was discovered in March 1781! 🔭 This Ice Giant actually rotates on its side, has 27 known moons, and 13 known rings. 💍😲 One of the reasons we 💙 Uranus is because of its signature blue color—which is caused by methane! #spacefacts

[📷: NASA/JPL ]

03/12/2021
Basically We're Astronauts Music Video | Adler Planetarium

For months, Lucianne, Chris and Meredith have been communicating through video calls while isolating by themselves in little rooms doing experiments and stuff—just like astronauts! 🧑‍🚀👨‍🚀👩‍🚀 But should they rocket into space even though there are problems here on Earth? 🌎

Watch Wow! Signal Episode 3: Earthlings In Space ⚡️ https://youtu.be/r_3NgGT27I0

Let's talk about women in aerospace! 👏🚀 In partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations, join us for a discussion with Dr. ...
03/11/2021

Let's talk about women in aerospace! 👏🚀 In partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations, join us for a discussion with Dr. Margaret Weitekamp from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution about how women have worked and innovated since the beginning of aviation. 🛩 Register for the #BecauseOfHerStory event on 3/17 at 4pm CST ➡️: bit.ly/3cmB7tG

03/10/2021
Skywatch Weekly | Recap Of The Winter Sky | Adler Planetarium

🌸 The #firstdayofspring is almost here! Before then, let’s take one last spin around the stars and constellations of the winter sky. ❄️ Say goodbye to astronomical winter and look forward to spring with Nick in this edition of Skywatch Weekly.

[ 🎶: Fretless by Kevin MacLeod ]

Hey middle school teachers! 👋 Soar above Saturn, do a jig under Jupiter, and explore space with your students while walk...
03/10/2021

Hey middle school teachers! 👋 Soar above Saturn, do a jig under Jupiter, and explore space with your students while walking among the planets. 🚌🪐 Our brand new 3-D interactive world takes virtual field trips to a whole new level. 🤩 There are only a few spots left in our spring Virtual Field Trips schedule! Explore the universe with your classroom, right from a computer: bit.ly/38426Zp

In 1958, Mary Jackson became NASA’s first black female engineer! ⭐️ She worked as a mathematician and aeronautical engin...
03/09/2021

In 1958, Mary Jackson became NASA’s first black female engineer! ⭐️ She worked as a mathematician and aeronautical engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center until she became Langley's Federal Women's Program Manager in 1979. She was passionate and dedicated to advocating for the hiring and promotion of future female mathematicians, engineers, and scientists to work at NASA. 🚀 Tell us about inspirational women in space science and STEAM that you look up to in the comments. Happy #InternationalWomensDay and #WomensHistoryMonth!

[ 📷: NASA Langley Research Center ]

Celebrate female science and STEAM communicators during #WomensHistoryMonth! 👏 Pictured here is Maude Bennot, who in 193...
03/08/2021

Celebrate female science and STEAM communicators during #WomensHistoryMonth! 👏 Pictured here is Maude Bennot, who in 1937 became the Acting Director of the Adler Planetarium. She was likely the first woman to hold such a position in the world. 🌎

⭐️ Meet Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Dr. Annette S. Lee, and Dr. Ellen Ochoa in our online exhibit: bit.ly/3q3NhMH

When the city of Chicago shut down in March 2020, a small group at our historic planetarium was given creative freedom t...
03/05/2021

When the city of Chicago shut down in March 2020, a small group at our historic planetarium was given creative freedom to make something weird, something silly, something new! ⭐️ So, how did the Wow! Signal space comedy show come together? ⚡️ Hear from the team that made it happen: youtu.be/luh8McWSmbw

You know it, you love it, and it happens twice a year! 🌇 #Chicagohenge is returning soon. 🥳 Our astronomy educators are ...
03/04/2021

You know it, you love it, and it happens twice a year! 🌇 #Chicagohenge is returning soon. 🥳 Our astronomy educators are giving you all of the tips and tricks to observing this phenomenon that occurs during equinox sunrise and sunset. ☀️ Subscribe to our YouTube channel and set up reminders for Sky Observers Hangout on 3/8 at 7pm: youtu.be/F8RosqmmP2k

03/03/2021
Skywatch Weekly | Skywatching During The Night Or Day | Adler Planetarium

Skywatching doesn't have to end when the Sun comes up! ☀️ Whether you’re looking up at planets and stars in the night, or the Belt of Venus, crepuscular rays or parhelia (aka sundogs) during the day, our sky is full of interesting sights. 👏 Can you spot the daytime Moon? 🌗 Learn how with Nick in this edition of Skywatch Weekly.

[ 🎶: Fretless by Kevin MacLeod ]

🎧 Grab your headphones and give this podcast a listen! This week on REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids, our astronomer Dr. ...
03/03/2021

🎧 Grab your headphones and give this podcast a listen! This week on REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids, our astronomer Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz talks about space ethics and what answers humans are searching for when we explore space. 🚀 Listen: apple.co/3e2Z4J4

#SpacePodcast #Podcasts #Space #STEAMLearning #SpaceMuseum #ScienceMuseum #Planetarium #Stargazing #LearnAboutSpace #Astronomy #Astronomer #Education

⭐️ Celestial event alert ⭐️ Mars will be passing by the Pleiades—also known as the Seven Sisters or M45—over the next we...
03/02/2021

⭐️ Celestial event alert ⭐️

Mars will be passing by the Pleiades—also known as the Seven Sisters or M45—over the next week. 😲 The last time the Red Planet appeared this close to the star cluster was back in 2006, and it won't appear this close again for another 17 years! Let us know if you catch this event in the night sky. 🌌

Happy March, stargazers! 🌸 The spring equinox is right around the corner. 🙌 As warmer weather approaches, look up throug...
03/01/2021
Adler Skywatch: March 2021 | Adler Planetarium

Happy March, stargazers! 🌸 The spring equinox is right around the corner. 🙌 As warmer weather approaches, look up throughout the month at Mars, the Pleiades, and Chicago's favorite Sun + skyscraper phenomenon: Chicagohenge. 🌇 Bookmark this blog: bit.ly/2JPZq8w

Adler Skywatch: What's in the sky throughout March 2021? See Chicagohenge, Mars, the Pleiades, and the Vernal equinox occurs.

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The Adler Planetarium connects people to the universe and each other. Whether it is introducing a guest to the Ring Nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to a network of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, the Adler’s focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century. The museum typically hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, people-powered research, and other outreach efforts. Today, the Adler is bringing our unique approach—scientific exploration rooted in community and connection—to guests from around the world who can enjoy the digital Adler from their own homes, libraries, schools or offices. With the Adler’s support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain the confidence to explore their universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way. Keep looking up. We’re looking up with you.


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I think someone made a boo boo, Pollux is in Ta**us....
Have you opened back up to the public yet?
Be safe!
When are you planning to open back up?
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The sky this evening was fair at best, but I was able to capture this image of an over exposed Mars and the planet Uranus through thin clouds. The distance of Uranus from Earth is currently 2,939,964,424 kilometers, equivalent to 19.652448 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 43 minutes and 26.6657 seconds to travel from Uranus and arrive to us.
Do you have any information about how to see the triple conjunction happening tonight? Thank you!
Well here they are as close as they get Jupiter and Saturn December 21, 2020.
Our "Christmas Star" conjunction seen on an Arizona sky, December 21, 2020.
My latest astrophotography photo. Orion rising on snow covered field!
Jupiter and four of its moons in conjunction with planet, Saturn. December 20, 2020.
And this evening in the south we saw the planets Jupiter and Saturn joined by a 4% slender moon. December 16, 2020.