• Poco a Poco/Wikimedia Commons
  • The entrance to the Adler Planetarium

Even though I think they’re all pretty much the same, I’ve never been disappointed by any of the Adler Planetarium‘s space shows. Those domed screens just leave me defenseless. The image is not just above but all around you, meaning you have to arch your neck all the way back if you want to see everything. You can’t, of course, but that nagging frustration—as well as the slight discomfort of stretching your neck—only adds to the experience. It makes you understand in physical terms just how challenging it is to contemplate something as vast as the cosmos—I always exit the screening room more appreciative of what astronomers do. The latest show at the Adler is called Cosmic Wonder, which is surprising because you’d think they’d have used that title already.