This month at the planetarium get ready for an adventure in exploration for the entire family with showings of THE SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET on Saturday, February 4th and 18th! Join two children as they use a talking astronomy book and the power of the imagination to tour the solar system in this immersive and educational experience. You'll visit each of the planets (including the dwarf planet Pluto) for an up-close look at these worlds. Then, return to Earth for a live star-talk exploring the skies above Kankakee County as well as a thrilling ride on a space-coaster. Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door. Doors open fifteen minutes prior to showtime.

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.