Fifty years ago, in 1967, the planetarium at Olivet Nazarene College opened its doors to the community. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of area students and adults have passed through its doors to experience the wonders of the universe! As part of the celebration we have designed and printed the most comfortable t-shirts in the universe to commemorate the event and will be selling them for $10 at all public shows. Come and help us celebrate the half-century mark, and join us in looking forward to another fifty years of discovery!


Dawn of the Space Ag

Take an incredible retrospective tour of the history of space exploration this month at the planetarium with showings of DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE. This immerse historical adventure puts the audience in the pilot's seat for some of the most groundbreaking flights in human history, from the launch of Sputnik to the International Space Station and beyond! DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE is suitable for all audiences and being shown this month on Saturday, January 13th and 27th. Shows are at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM and also feature a guided tour of the Kankakee skies as well as a ride on a thrilling space-coaster. Tickets for all shows are $3 per person and available at the door.

About Strickler Planetarium:

Strickler Planetarium, located on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, is a state-of-the-art digital planetarium dedicated to educating the public about the natural world. The planetarium, constructed in 1967, has recently undergone extensive renovations, the centerpiece of which was the installation of a new Evans and Sutherland Digistar 3 SP2 HD digital projector. This projector has all the capabilities of the previous opto-mechanical star projector as well as exciting new multimedia and full-dome video capabilities. Audiences are immersed as never before in a three-dimensional visualization of the night sky, the solar system, the galaxy, and beyond. The Digistar’s stellar database means that simulated travel through space is more than simple special effects — it’s an actual journey through an accurate model of our stellar neighborhood.

Strickler Planetarium is one of only three planetaria in Illinois with digital projection capabilities. Witness the history of the universe from its fiery birth to the formation of our solar system. Explore colliding galaxies and the dusty reaches of our own Milky Way. Take a tour from our own night sky to the edge of the solar system. Our science educators and our multimedia tools make this all possible from the comfort of your seats. Come and see the new Strickler Planetarium.