View infinity and beyond with Adler Planetarium’s ‘Scopes in the City

If you go


American Science & Surplus (Geneva, IL) 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (telescope workshop) plus 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (observing, weather permitting)



Wrightwood-Ashburn Library 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.



West Town Library 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.



Senn High School 7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.



Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum 6:45 p.m. – TBD



606 Trail Western Trailhead Observatory 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (TBD)



North Austin Library 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.



Austin Library 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.



Back of the Yards Library 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Caldwell Woods 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

What better way to learn about the sun, moon and planets than by looking up to the sky with Adler Planetarium?

‘Scopes in the City is back for a second year and ready to bring science closer to your family.

This summer, and throughout the rest of 2015, Adler will be hosting free sky observing programs in a variety of Chicago neighborhoods. Participants may be able to observe the sun and the moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more, depending on the time, date and location of the events.

“The goal is to connect people with the sky and show them that they can see interesting things even from our cities,” Adler astronomer Michelle Nichols says. “We set up our telescopes and invite folks to come by and check out what we’re looking at. It’s something to enjoy in the spur of the moment.”

Nichols says Adler tries to plan the events around nights when they know there will be something interesting to see, like a planet. The events are also located at venues where people will already be, such as a library or park. The events are free and families don’t need to bring anything with other than their curiosity and questions to ask.

“They’re just a lot of fun because you get a community of people around telescopes who are really geeked out about what they’re seeing,” Nichols says. “We get a lot of people who have never looked through a  telescope before, and if they have, we’re showing them what they haven’t seen before.

Make sure to follow @AdlerPlanet on Twitter or search #ScopesintheCity for updates as each event is weather permitting.

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