1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
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Growing up, I was never a big fan of adventure stories. I was
sure the age of explorers was long over. Everything had been
I carried that attitude into adulthood. But now, after seeing
Adler Planetarium's new Definiti Space Theater show, Undiscovered
Worlds, I can say that a new generation of explorers actively is
looking to the skies.
Outer space is the new great adventure.
I knew from helping my sons study for science that our solar
system is not alone in the universe. But after seeing this short
film, I better understand how scientists-the new explorers-are
discovering exoplanets, measuring their distance from Earth and
even tracking their rotation and orbits. They are using technology
and teamwork to look for "Earthlike" planets orbiting other stars
like our sun.
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In print, this may just seem like a bunch of sci-fi jargon, but
the film is inspiring. My 11-year-old and I were mesmerized by the
high-tech, large-scale animation and orchestral soundtrack. He
thought it was like a "real-life Star Wars."
I still may not understand terms like "star wobble" or how to
use "light curve" methods, but I do know that we have proof of
massive exoplanets oozing lava.
Adler is the kind of place where I always learn something new.
Given that I've been visiting for several decades, I continue to
find that surprising. This trip, I learned that the Age of
Exploration is alive and well.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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