The discovery of exoplanets-- planets orbiting stars other than our own Sun-- remains one of the most exciting and dynamic fields in astronomy today. How do we discover these new worlds, and what do they teach us about our own place in the universe? UNDISCOVERED WORLDS explores this new field in astronomy, explaining the search for exoplanets and their characteristics. Travel to these new planets and experience extreme alien vistas from "hot Jupiters" to "super-Earths." UNDISCOVERED WORLDS will be presented on Saturday, November 7th and 21st, at 6 and 7:30 PM. The show also includes a live tour of the fall sky and a thrilling trip on a roller-coaster through space. Total running time approximately 45 minutes. Admission is $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.