The new Adler Planetarium

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A story in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal underscored the just-completed updating and renovation of the oldest planetarium in the United States, Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1930, Adler has over the past several years undergone a $14 million upgrade that makes it a premier facility, along with the Rose Center and Hayden Planetarium in New York and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm, Wikimedia Commons
On July 8, the planetarium’s Deep Space Adventure show will premiere, taking visitors aboard a starship for a virtual journey through the cosmos. The facility’s Grainger Sky Theater will be the centerpiece of the new presentation, and will give visitors the most sophisticated space/planetarium experience yet developed. The experience will most certainly astonish visitors with the largest high-definition screen resolution yet presented to the public.

If you live in the Chicagoland area or will be visiting during the coming months, I urge you to stop by Adler. In addition to the spectacular planetarium theater facilities, the museum at Adler contains sensational collections of antique astronomical instruments, meteorites, and many other items of great interest to astronomy buffs.

For more on Adler, see its website at www.adlerplanetarium.org.

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