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!


The Christmas skies are filled with wanderers and messengers, from the ancient planets, to the Star of Bethlehem, to modern-day marvels such as comets and interstellar asteroids! Join us at the planetarium this Christmas season for the premier of a revised and updated version of a classic favorite, "The Stars of Christmas" as we explore the Christmas skies and the messages of hope and wonder they continue to bring! "The Stars of Christmas" will be showing this season on December 9th and 16th at 6 and 7:30 PM. "The Stars of Christmas" is followed by a showing of "Let it Snow," a light and music spectacular on the dome featuring a selection of favorite holiday songs. Tickets for this double feature 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.