Tag: astronomy

How to See the Annular Solar Eclipse from Chicago

For anyone willing to get up early, an annular solar eclipse will be visible as the Sun rises over Chicago. Chicago is on the far southern edge of visibility and the peak of the eclipse will have passed by the time this astronomical event is visible anywhere from Chicago, but it’s still worth viewing. What’s... Read more »

Perseid Meteor Shower: When and Where to See it in Chicago

Perseid Meteor Shower: When and Where to See it in Chicago
The Perseid meteor shower is the best and brightest meteor shower of the year, and because it passes through in the warm summer months, it’s the best chance at seeing a shower in Chicago. Find out how to see the meteor shower in Chicago and where to look, below. What is the Perseid meteor shower? ... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: June 10, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: June 10, 2019
It’s officially observing season in Chicago, and a lot of night sky observing is happening this week in space. If you are new to observing, absolutely find a club or other public star party in or around Chicago to attend. Want to explore space indoors? Chicago museums have plenty to do this week in space,... Read more »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019
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... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 6th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 6th, 2019
Public star parties, entire days dedicated to celebrating amateur astronomy, and a Dragon arrives at the Space Station are just some of the exciting things happening this week in space. Most of this week’s happenings take place well outside the city, but that is where the best observing opportunities are, and it’s definitely worth the... Read more »

This Week in Space Photos: SpaceX CRS-17, Blue Origin, Martian Sunset, Hubble, and Apollo Spacesuits

This Week in Space Photos: SpaceX CRS-17, Blue Origin, Martian Sunset, Hubble, and Apollo Spacesuits
A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster in IR, a Martian sunset, Blue Origin’ latest launch and landing, and an even wider view of the Universe from Hubble: these are just some of the incredible space photos captured this week. New angles, wider views, and different technology were all used to photograph and present the same subjects in... Read more »
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PHOTOS: 15 Photos From Hubble's 29 Years

This Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in February 1994 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, shows the full system of three rings of glowing gas surrounding supernova 1987A. Located in a small galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud, the supernova is a massive star that exploded in about 165,000 BC, but its light didn't arrive here until February 1987.

Photos: STScI & NASA
Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 29th year of service, capturing images from our Solar System and beyond. To commemorate this anniversary I chose 15 of my favorite images from the Hubble archive. Some of the images in this gallery might not be the most iconic or groundbreaking, but they had the largest impact on... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: April 24th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: April 24th, 2019
Star parties, astronomy celebrations, and a science convention are all happening this week in space. Now that the weather is warming up in Chicago, public observing sessions abound, but you’ll have to head out of the city and into the suburbs to participate in most of them. Read on to make sure you don’t miss... Read more »

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 »
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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 »