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The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Illinois was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest in existence today.
Its dedication was on May 10, 1930

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Supercomputers in Illinois and California have been running 24 hours a day to finish updating the oldest planetarium in the nation.
The new show at the Adler Planetarium on the downtown waterfront will be one of the most data-intensive ever produced, featuring digital images captured by spacecraft and space-based telescopes.
The rebuilt theatre is capable of playing back 72 separate audio sources and producing images with eight times the resolution of digital movie theatres - about as good as the human eye can see.

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Spitzer to Unveil Biggest Milky Way View at Adler Planetarium
In an unveiling of truly galactic proportions, the world's largest image of our Milky Way galaxy, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, will be unveiled at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The official opening of the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at 2 p.m. CST. 
The new image spans a mind-boggling area of 120 feet long by 3 feet wide at its sides, bulging to 6 feet at the center of our humongous galaxy. The panorama represents the combined effort of two Spitzer survey teams, who used two of the onboard instruments.
Data from the Spitzer Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) were collected and processed by the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE) team, led by Ed Churchwell of the University of Wisconsin, at Madison. The Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer Galactic Plane Survey Legacy (MIPSGAL) team, led by Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Centre at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, processed observations from Spitzer's Multiband Imaging Photometer.

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The Hubble telescope, and other historic ones like it, are highlighted at a new exhibit in Chicago.

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Apollo 8 astronaut Jim Lovell, Jr. was at the Adler Planetarium to help kick off the 40th anniversary celebration of man's first flight to the moon.
Lovell, along with Commander Frank Borman and lunar module pilot William Anders became the first humans to leave the earth's orbit and see the far side of the moon in 1968.

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Aides to Barack Obama tried to explain two earmarks Obama sought for Chicago's Adler Planetarium while Adler's chairman was fundraising for the senator.

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The Adler Planetarium is located on Lake Shore Drive at Chicago's Museum Campus. Opened in 1930 as the first planetarium in the western hemisphere.



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