BACK TO SCHOOL SHOWS AT STRICKLER:

Join us in September for the premier of a brand-new show at the planetarium, WE ARE ALIENS. This show examines one of the oldest questions in astronomy and one upon which we are at the threshold of gaining answers: are we alone in the universe? WE ARE ALIENS explores the conditions that make life possible on our own planet and what we're learning about the possibilities of life throughout our solar system and the rest of the galaxy. Tickets for this show are $3 per person and available at the door. Each show also includes a live tour of the Kankakee summer skies and a ride on a space coaster. WE ARE ALIENS premiers on Saturday, September 13th and 27th, at 6 and 7:30 PM.

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.