Adler Planetarium gets new telescope – the first upgrade in 33 years

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CHICAGO — The Adler Planetarium has a new telescope —the first upgrade in 33 years.

It was being installed by crane Tuesday.

Adler officials say the new new 24-inch telescope will collect 44% more light than the old 20-inch telescope, and will have better optics.

The old telescope was removed back in October.

Adler is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

With the upgraded telescope, Adler plans to create a new research program for high school and university students.

The new program is expected to begin by late 2020.

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