SEE THE STARS ABOVE SESAME STREET THIS MONTH AT THE PLANETARIUM:

Visit Sesame Street and learn about the night sky and the Moon this month with Big Bird and Elmo as a family favorite, ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD'S ADVENTURE, returns to the Strickler Planetarium for February. Elmo and Big Bird are introduced to a new friend, who teaches them about the sky and how it changes around the world. Young skywatchers will use their imaginations to draw constellations, count the stars, and take a trip to the Moon to investigate how the Moon and the Earth are different. ONE WORLD, ONE SKY is an excellent introduction to astronomy for future science explorers and fun for the entire family. ONE WORLD, ONE SKY will be playing this month on Saturday, February 7th and 21st, at 6:00 and 7:30 PM. Each presentation also includes a live introduction to the winter skies over Kankakee County and a thrilling ride on a space-coaster. Tickets 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.