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'Chasing Eclipses' The Latest Exhibit Coming to Adler Planetarium

 A solar eclipse seen in 2012 from Japan.
A solar eclipse seen in 2012 from Japan.
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MUSEUM CAMPUS — A new exhibit on eclipses is coming to Adler Planetarium, one that's making its debut months before Chicagoans get to see the real thing this summer. 

"Chasing Eclipses" will open Saturday at the planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive. Guests will learn about solar eclipses, how scientists have predicted their appearances over time and see a solar eclipse simulation for themselves. 

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 8, is opening before a solar eclipse Aug. 21 — the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States in 38 years. 

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the world's surface. 

On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will block out the mid-day sun for three minutes, and up to 90 percent of the sun will be covered in Chicago. 

"The last time Chicago was this close to the path of totality for a total solar eclipse was 210 years ago in 1806," the Adler says. The next total solar eclipse visible from Chicago won't be seen till 2099. 

General admission costs $12 for adults at the Adler. 


A peek at the eclipses exhibit coming to Adler Planetarium. [Provided]


Downstate Carbondale will be one of the best places in the country to watch the eclipse Aug. 21. [Adler Planetarium]