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Adler Planetarium brings Galaxy Ride to southern Illinois

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WSIL -- Chicago’s Adler Planetarium brings its science road show to southern Illinois ahead of the August 21 total solar eclipse.  The Galaxy Ride offers hands-on, eclipse-related activities to communities throughout southern Illinois from August 14-19, to get them ready to experience the total solar eclipse.

The Galaxy Ride team will make its way to towns both big and small. Weather permitting, guests can observe the Sun (during the day) or other objects (at night) through a telescope, touch a real piece of the Moon, talk to an astronomer, learn how eclipses work, discover the size and scale of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, find out how fast the speed of light really is, snag a pair of solar viewing glasses provided by the Adler Planetarium (while supplies last), and much more!

Southern Illinois Galaxy Ride stops (All events are free and open to the public):


Monday, August 14

Olney Public Library, Olney, IL; 5:00–7:00 pm

Solar viewing and family activities


Tuesday, Aug 15

St. Nicholas Brewing Company, Du Quoin, IL; 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Telescope viewing


Wednesday, Aug 16

Bottoms Up Family Bar & Grill, Jacob, IL 62950; 8:00 pm–9:30 pm

Telescope viewing


Thursday, Aug 17

Cache River Wetlands Center; 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Solar viewing and activities

Shawnee Community College; 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Solar viewing and activities


Friday, Aug 18

World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL; 7:00 pm–10:00 pm

Telescope viewing & activities


Saturday, Aug 19

The Science Center; Carbondale, IL; 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Solar viewing and family activities

Big Muddy Brewing, Murphysboro, IL; 6:30 pm–10:00 pm

Family activities: 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Adler staff presentation about the Sun, eclipses: 7:30 pm–8:15 pm

Telescope viewing: 8:30 pm–10:00 pm


For more information about Galaxy Ride, visit this site.

Adler Planetarium also hosts a web page dedicated to the August 21 eclipse.  You can find it here.

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