Chicago’s Adler Planetarium has the distinction of being the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. But even though it dates back to the 1930's, this Chicago landmark is still an exciting place to visit for adults and kids alike. When you enter, you descend into a building that has twelve sides, one for each sign of the zodiac. There is a new wing, in which a digital sky display features such celestial phenomena as supernovas. There are interactive exhibits that allow you to simulate extraordinary events, such as a meteor crashing into the earth. The old planetarium still does a terrific job in planning special, down-to-earth events around heavenly occurrences such as eclipses and NASA missions. A Zeiss projector in the Sky Theater creates a great variety of night time sky images.
The Adler Planetarium is linked to telescopes around the world, and provides visitors with live video connections. Its research facilities are also accessible to visitors. Sky shows last about fifty minutes, but give yourself two hours to see everything. The Far Out Friday event, held on the first Friday of each month, is especially popular.
Address: Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Open hours: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: 312 922-7827
Architect: Ernest Grunsfeld,Jr.
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