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!


Celebrate the spring equinox this month at the Strickler Planetarium by joining two children and a talking astronomy book as they venture through the solar system, learning about each of the planets along the way. From the surface of Mercury, through the asteroid belt, to the clouds of Jupiter, and onward to the dwarf planet Pluto, you'll learn about the wonders of our own celestial backyard. Suitable for all ages but ideal for younger audiences, SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET will be shown at the planetarium on Saturday, March 17th at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door. All shows followed by a live introduction to the Kankakee skies and a thrilling 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.

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