Planetarium Director Steve Case has been selected as one of the participants in the 2018 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program. He will be traveling to Chile this summer with other educators from around the country, viewing the skies of the southern hemisphere, and touring research observatories including ALMA and the Gemini South telescope. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@StephenRCase) for updates, and look for events at the planetarium this fall as he returns to share his images and experiences! For more information on ACEAP, visit the ACEAP website.


Where might we find life in the universe? To answer this question, we must first understand what makes life possible on Earth. Explore the limits of life here and throughout the universe with WE ARE ALIENS, narrated by Rupert Grint. Playing Saturday, June 2nd and 16th, at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door. All shows are followed by a live introduction to the Kankakee skies of summer 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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