The Haunted Planetarium is back! A community favorite returns to the planetarium for all October and the first weekend of November, with showings of “The Ooky Spooky Light Show” every Saturday at 6, 7, and 8 PM. This is a thrilling light show that features fun and spooky visualizations on the dome to accompany your favorite Hallowe’en-themed music. The show is suitable for all ages, runs approximately 25 minutes, and is only $2 per person. (Children in costume will be admitted for just $1!) We’re especially excited to be hosting the Bourbonnais premier of this show, as it was created by an Olivet alumnus, science education major Buddy Stark, who is now the director of the Longway Planetarium in Flint, Michigan. So gather up your ghosts and goblins and bring the family along to the planetarium this month to celebrate the Hallowe’en season!

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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