Category: Astronomy

What's Happening This Week in Space: March 18th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: March 18th, 2019
This week in space includes astronomy and space club meetings throughout the Chicago suburbs, a spacewalk, and Chicago museum events! As the days warm up, opportunities to observe the night sky comfortably get closer so be sure to take advantage of the knowledge being shared by your local astronomy clubs! The following events are what’s... Read more »

Chicagoan's Guide to the Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019

Chicagoan's Guide to the Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019
Unless you’re living under a rock, you know there is a total lunar eclipse happening tonight. As  Chicagoans, we don’t get as many chances to enjoy the cosmic wonders in the night sky because of light pollution. But, the Moon shines bright enough over the city that everyone can see it, and you’ll be able... Read more »

How to Watch NASA's Mars InSight Landing

How to Watch NASA's Mars InSight Landing
Tomorrow, November 26th, NASA will land its InSight Mars lander on the surface of Mars. Landing on Mars is tough- less than 50 percent of Mars missions have survived the landing- so this event is huge for the agency and everyone interested in planetary science. Related: Mars InSight Lander Explained: NASA’s Mission to Mars For... Read more »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: November 19th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: November 19th, 2018
The holiday weekend is the perfect time to get outside and look up! Astronomy club calendars might be clear, but there is a big NASA event coming up at the start of next week that you should add to your calendar now. NASA’s InSight lander will touchdown on Mars on Monday, and NASA will livestream the... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: October 8th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: October 8th, 2018
Winter is approaching, and that means new stars and constellations are beginning to rise in the night sky for you to learn about! There are plenty of opportunities to learn all about stargazing, how to use a telescope, and identifying what you see with the help of amateur and professional astronomers offering public observing sessions... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 10th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 10th, 2018
Chicago’s best science museums are all offering free admission days this week, giving you the perfect excuse to explore space! Every event happening this week in space offers an option for everyone in the family. Free Sundays in September MSI, Museum of Science and Industry The Museum of Science and Industry and The Walt Disney... Read more »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: August 13th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 13th, 2018
Summer might be coming to an end, but there are still plenty of public observing and astronomy events taking place in Chicago. Free admission to one of Chicago’s best museums, observatory tours, and an evening under the stars are all happening this week in space! Yerkes Observatory Tours, Williams Bay, WI, Through October 1st Time... Read more »

Parker Solar Probe Explained: NASA's Mission to Touch the Sun

Parker Solar Probe Explained: NASA's Mission to Touch the Sun
NASA’s mission to touch the Sun is decades in the making, sending the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft directly into the Sun’s corona. Named after Chicago physicist Eugene Parker, the mission seeks to answer questions Parker set down in his groundbreaking paper theorizing the existence of solar wind all the way back in 1958. The observations... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 6th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 6th, 2018
This week offers several chances to do both daytime and night sky observing with the help of amateur and professional astronomers! A free Chicago museum day and two rocket launches that you can catch online, and more, round out this week’s space events. SpaceX Merah Putih Launch, Cape Canaveral, Florida, Tuesday, August 7th, 12:18 a.m. SpaceX is launching its... Read more »
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Your Chicago Urban Astronomy Guide for Summer 2018

Your Chicago Urban Astronomy Guide for Summer 2018
Summer is the best time of year for Chicago urban astronomy, and once you know what you are looking for you’ll be hooked. This summer is filled with cosmic events- really, every summer is- that are worth the time it takes to become familiar with the night sky. The best part is, you don’t need an... Read more »