A SpaceX rocket launch, a cosmic party, public observing sessions during the day and night are just some of what's happening this week in space. As the weather warms up, more and more public observing sessions will be taking place all over Chicago, so keep an eye out for events in your neighborhood.
Here's your guide to this week in space:
SpaceX Starlink Launch, SpaceX Live Webcast, Wednesday, May 15th, 9:30 p.m.
SpaceX is scheduled to launch its Starling Mission on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:30 p.m. CDT. The launch is taking place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, but the launch will broadcast live on the company's website. Tune in around 9:15 p.m. for the start of the broadcast here: SpaceX Webcast
Adler After Dark: Planetary Prom, Adler Planetarium, Thursday, May 16th, 6:30 p.m.
This month the Adler After Dark program celebrates with a Planetary Prom. Dress up in your best cosmic gear and get ready to dance the night away. Adler astronomers will be on hand for discussions, exhibits, and demonstrations. Tickets are available here: Adler
Lake County Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting, Volo Bog, Friday, May 17th, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
The Lake County Astronomical Society is hosting its monthly meeting this Friday at Volo Bog. The public portion of the meeting begins at 8:30 and is followed by public observing if it's a clear night. More information here: LCAA
'Scopes in the City at Sand Ridge Nature Center, Friday, May 17th, 7:30-9 p.m.
The Adler's 'Scopes in the City program is back in action! Join astronomers for this free, public observation session and get a good look at the Moon and planets. Event info here: Adler Facebook Event Page
Stargazing at Northwestern University, Dearborn Observatory, Friday, May 17th 9-10 p.m.
The public is welcome to join NU's Astronomy department for public stargazing sessions every Friday night. Walk ins can view the night sky through the department's historic, 18.5" refracting telescope. More information here: Northwestern University
Compton Lecture Series, Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking, University of Chicago, Saturday, May 18th, 11 a.m
The 89th Compton Lecture Series continues this Saturday with a lecture by Yu-Chen Tung an Enrico Fermi Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. These lectures are free and open to the public. More information here: Compton Lectures
Public Sun Viewing with NAA, Naperville Riverwalk, Saturday, May 18th 9 a.m.-noon
Join the Naperville Astronomical Association for a public solar observation session first thing Saturday morning. Club members are a great source of knowledge and practical how to when it comes to getting started in the use of your own telescope and learning the night sky. Event info here: NAA Calendar