What's Happening This Week in Space: August 30th 2021

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 30th 2021

School is back in session for Chicago students, fall is just around the corner, and there is plenty happening in space this week. From sky shows to a spacewalk, this is what’s happening this week in space.

Cosmic Sky Show, Adler Planetarium, September 4th & 5th, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 1:15 pm

The Adler Planetarium exhibits are still closed, but you can catch one of their Cosmic sky shows in the dome theater this weekend. All times require advance ticket purchases. More details here: Adler Planetarium

Field Free Admission Day, Field Museum, September 1st

All Illinois residents can explore the Field Museum for free on the 1st (next Free Admission day is set for September 8th). Discover the museum’s meteorite collection and learn how scientists study the farthest corners of the Universe. More information: Field Museum

Space Center Exhibits, Cernan Earth and Space Center, River Grove, M-F 9:30-4:30

The rise in COVID cases in the area has delayed the reopening of the Planetarium and public programs, but guests are welcome to visit the space and science exhibits. Cernan Earth and Space Center is home to spaceflight artifacts, a telescope exhibit, and a Nike Tomahawk missile and Apollo capsule used to practice ocean recoveries. More information here: Cernan Center

Russian Spacewalk, International Space Station, Friday September 3rd, 9 am CDT

Russian astronauts will be conducting a spacewalk this week, #49 for the agency, to begin outfitting the new Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module that was launched to Station last month. Watch here: NASA Live

Astronomy in the Parks, Smith Park 2526 W. Grand, Friday Sept. 3rd, 7-9:30 pm

Join Chicago Astronomer, Joe Guzman, for a night out in the parks. The evening starts with an astro chat and ends with the chance to view celestial objects through telescopes that have been set up. More info: Chicago Astronomer

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