Thank you to everyone who came out for the premier of our new Haunted Planetarium show throughout the month of October! There will be no public shows for the month of November, but THE STARS OF CHRISTMAS return this season on Saturday, December 1st, 8th, and 15th. Learn about the ghostly visitors to our winter skies, from the mysterious wanderer 'Oumuamua to the glorious appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. Then get in the Christmas spirit with laser-light shows to some of your favorite holiday songs! THE STARS OF CHRISTMAS will play on the Saturdays listed above at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the door starting fifteen minutes prior to shows and are $3 per person. No advance tickets will be sold. Visitors must be present to purchase tickets.

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.

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