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Adler Planetarium Turns 90 Today!

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…and Celebrates with a Virtual Observing Event, a New Digital Exhibition, and More 

WHAT: The Adler Planetarium turns 90 today! On May 12, 1930, America’s first planetarium opened its doors to the public. We have thrived over the past nine decades because of the people who stepped through our doors, interacted with us in their neighborhoods, and supported us along the way. In honor of this milestone and to celebrate quarantine-style, the Adler has teamed up with WNYC Science Friday to present Astro Artists Club, a virtual art and observing party for the whole family.

WHERE: From the comfort of your own home join us live on Science Friday’s YouTube channel

WHEN:  Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30-7:30 pm CST

DETAILS: Adler experts will guide you through digital solar viewing and share how different types of scientists look at and study our Sun. You’ll see some amazing, solar-related pieces from the Adler’s historical collection and create an original artwork with us. Bring a sketchbook, notepad, block of clay, or other materials to create artwork inspired by what you see through our digital telescope, then share your creation with us using the hashtag #LookUp! We will even have our resident mixologist on hand to share a recipe for our Drink of the Day (with both kid-friendly and adult ingredients).


New Digital Exhibition

The Adler has launched a new digital Google Arts & Culture exhibition! 90 Years of Stellar Connections takes a look back on nine decades of programs and initiatives that have brought guests and communities together under the sky we all share.

Interactive Photo Mosaic

The Adler YOUniverse online photo collage—featuring our new logo launched earlier this year—represents all of the people and moments that have made us who we are today (with the help of images submitted by people like you!). Has a visit to the Adler (or an encounter with one of our astronomers at a library or park) inspired you? Perhaps you’ve attended a summer camp at the Adler, or joined us on an eclipse excursion? As we look toward the future, we also wanted to take a moment to look back and share memories from those who have made the Adler such a special place. Submit your own photo and see it come to life in our online, interactive mosaic! Visit or post your photos on Instagram and tag them with #AdlerYOUniverse or #Adler90th

Adler Anniversary Podcast

In this new podcast series, Stories from the YOUniverse, people in our community will tell you their Adler stories in their own voices. Who are they? What do they care about? How has the Adler influenced them? How have they left their mark on the Adler? To find out, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!

About the Adler Planetarium:  

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.

Today, the museum hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online citizen science, and other outreach projects. 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.

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