Galaxy Ride

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
9:00am - 3:30pm

Educators and astronomers from the Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) will join the Bell for a day of astronomy investigations. From 10 am – 3 pm, the Adler will join in on the fun with science activities about light, color, meteorites, planets, and more. View the Sun safely through a telescope (weather permitting) and meet two Adler astronomers and find out more about their careers!

Teachers, book today to reserve a spot for your class. Space is limited. Call 612-626-9660 for details.

Education Options
1 Hour Astronomy Adventure
1 Hour Exclusive Astronomy Lab - One Day Only Offering
1 Hour Self Guided Tour

Public Activities
Special hands- on activities from the Adler Planetarium - Free with museum admission - One Day Only Offering
Ask an Astronomer (@12:15pm) - Free with museum admission - One Day Only Offering

Galaxy Ride team

About Adler Planetarium Galaxy Ride

Galaxy Ride is a science roadshow designed to get families and other curious people excited about space science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This 300-mile bike trip will begin on Chicago’s Museum Campus at the Adler Planetarium, make several stops along the historical Route 66 bike trail, and conclude at the St. Louis Science Center.

The eight-day journey, led by Adler astronomer and TED Senior Fellow Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz (pictured above), will include seven stops. At each stop, the Galaxy Ride will bring the Universe a little closer to the public with free, space-themed, interactive science activities facilitated by some of our educators and in partnership with local schools, libraries and astronomy clubs along the way. The themes of each stop will be based on celestial objects and their distance from Earth as mapped on a logarithmic scale. In this case, Chicago represents Earth, while St. Louis represents our nearest neighboring galaxy—Andromeda.

Solar System

Adler's Galaxy Ride team will use familiar household items (like toilet paper, string, balloons, and marbles) to visualize the logarithmic map of the galaxy and the Powers of 10 scale on their trip across the country.