Reach for the Moon at Adler’s Brand New Sky Show

What is the first thought that comes to your mind when looking at the moon? The man in the moon? Apollo 11? The cow jumping over the moon?

Adler Planetarium‘s brand new sky show, “Imagine the Moon,” explores humans’ relationship with the moon beginning with Galileo to the Apollo 11 landing (celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019) and today’s most recent discoveries.

With the show premiering on Jan. 18, the audience can sit back in the planetarium’s domed theater to see different themes of the moon in history, science and art shared through stunning visuals. You’ll even recognize some familiar landmarks in Chicago! Kids and families are encouraged to “ooh” and “ahh” during the show, and you can’t help but marvel over the moon in a new light.

“Imagine the Moon” was created by an in-house creative and technical team at the planetarium with a runtime of about 25 minutes. The sky show is included in a basic pass or all access pass admission, and it’s free for planetarium members.

The premiere arrives just time for the upcoming total lunar eclipse on Jan. 20. Join Adler for a viewing party from 8 p.m. to midnight during its Lunapalooza event. Attendees can catch a showing of “Imagine the Moon,” fun indoor activities and a chance to see the total lunar eclipse outdoors on telescopes with the planetarium’s astronomy team. Get your Lunapalooza tickets at


“Imagine the Moon”

Opens Jan. 18

  • Address: Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
  • Cost: Included in a basic pass ($24.95 adults, $19.95 kids 3-11); Free for members

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