Adler hosts meteor shower viewing in Wheaton

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Proposed: The best kind of outdoor shower is a meteor shower.

And to let you test that proposition, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is hosting its annual viewing party for the Perseid meteor shower, caused when Earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle’s debris field. Tuesday night, on the grounds of Cantigny Park in Wheaton — the better to escape the city’s light pollution — the planetarium will have astronomers talking, telescopes set up for viewing and a generally hospitable atmosphere for a phenomenon that can bring hundreds of “shooting stars” into viewers’ fields of vision.

Some 500 people came out last year, said Larry Ciupik, the Adler senior astronomer who’ll be the emcee. “It can be a very beautiful event,” he said. On the positive side: The forecast, as of Monday afternoon, was for mostly clear skies and no rain. On the negative: There’s a waning gibbous “supermoon,” which will get brighter as the night otherwise gets darker.

Programming at the park, 1S151 Winfield Road, runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with sky viewing beginning at about 9 and lasting until 11. Adult tickets are $12 in advance, $15 same day. More details at Adler's website.

 

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