What’s Happening This Week in Space: August 9th, 2022

What’s Happening This Week in Space: August 9th, 2022

As summer wraps up, the night sky puts on a show. The annual Perseids meteor shower peaks this week, and there are plenty of public star party events to attend.

This is what’s happening this week in space right here in Chicago.

SpaceX Starlink Launch, Tuesday, August 9th, 6 pm, Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX is targeting Tuesday evening for a launch of 52 Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX will host a live broadcast of the launch here: SpaceX

Adler at Night, Wednesday, August 10th, 4-10 pm, Adler Planetarium

Every Wednesday night, Adler Planetarium is open in the evenings and it’s free for every Illinois residents. This event is popular and crowded, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to see all the exhibits. Information here: Adler

Astronomy on Tap Chicago, Thursday, August 11th, 7-9:30 pm, Begyle Brewing

Join the Begyle Brewing Company and Northwestern CIERA astronomers for a night of astronomy and trivia. JWST and the first images taken will be discussed by astronomers that use the images to carry out their research. Event details here: JWST Event

Stargazing at Cantigny Park, Saturday, August 13th, 7:30-11 pm, Cantigny Park

Head out to Cantigny Park’s annual French Picnic Under the Stars for a night of stargazing with scopes provided by the Naperville Astronomical Association. NASA Solar System Ambassador, Andy Salata will be giving a special presentation called, “Exploring the Universe: Visual Light, Spectroscopy, and the Webb Telescope”. More information here: NAA

15th Annual Perseid Meteor Shower & Stargaze, Saturday, August 13th, 8:30 pm-12:00 am, Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park is a short drive from Chicago but far enough away from the city lights so that you can see the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. Join park rangers for some sky lore and constellation stories while you watch the skies for this incredible show. More info here: IDNR

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