Dark matter composes far more of the universe than "ordinary" matter like stars, planets, and dust-- but scientists are still working to understand what it actually is. This April at the planetarium, THE DARK MATTER MYSTERY provides an in-depth, immersive exploration of this contemporary frontier in astronomy. Learn more about the properties of dark matter and the techniques being used to attempt to detect it. Look back at the discovery of the planet Uranus and even further to the evolution of the early universe to understand how the contours of the unknown continue to shape the development of our science. THE DARK MATTER MYSTERY will be showing this month on Saturday, April 1st and 22nd, at 6 and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $3 and available at the door. Each showing includes a live sky-tour of the skies over Kankakee County and a ride on a space coaster!

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.