In January, the Adler Planetarium, a venerable Chicago Institution, debuted its new 60,000-square-foot Sky Pavilion, including the StarRider Theater. In conjunction, the Adler presents its Website, primarily an online guide to the museum that can be used to plan a visit, get the schedule for StarRider shows, and find out what's on display. Portions of the 1930s building will be under construction until October, so some users may opt to enjoy the Website rather than going to the Planetarium. Online features include the collections, descriptions with some images of the museum's holdings of rare books, works on paper, and scientific instruments, as well as past exhibitions. Select the our collection section and click on Awestruck, a 1997 show of astronomical art, to see 22 celestial charts, broadsides, and portraits of astronomers. The astronomy online section features a sky watchers' guide for backyard astronomers, weather watch for weather conditions on other planets, and a celestial weight calculator that will compute your weight on other planets and stars. There is also a searchable database of links to other astronomical sites.


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