Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Chicago's Adler Planetarium gets ready for Monday solar eclipse

Chicago's Adler Planetarium gets ready for Monday solar eclipse

Adler will also host a block party, Chicago's Eclipse Fest, that will be free.

Events will begin Monday, the day of the eclipse, at 9 a.m. and will end at noon on CSN's North Las Vegas campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. "We'll also have some people in Daley Plaza with special eclipse glasses". The event will feature educational activities, entertainment, hands-on science activities, outdoor obstacle courses and food trucks. The only location where that will happen in Illinois is in Carbondale in Southern Illinois.

Inside the museum, guests can check out exhbitions, including the newest, Chasing Eclipses, which prepares visitors for the total solar eclipse.

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James Albury, the planetarium coordinator at the SF Kika Silva Pla Planetarium says that because the eclipse will traverse the entire United States, and because of social media, this will be the most observed eclipse in human history. In Chicago, at 11:54 am.

The activities go from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. with the eclipse starting around 1 p.m. Guests will also be treated to a live-feed of the total solar eclipse from locations that are in the path of totality in the Adler's immersive Grainger Sky and Definiti Space theaters.

The Planetarium will give away 200 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses, with additional pairs available for purchase for $2.

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