The scourge of the high skies return this month to the planetarium with showings of ATTACK OF THE SPACE PIRATES. This immersive, educational experience puts the audience in the cockpit of the Starship Intrepid as they race against time to solve a cosmic mystery and save the galaxy from space pirates. Along the way you'll visit a dying star, a rogue planet, a pulsar, a black hole, and the far reaches of the Milky Way in an adventure that puts the SCIENCE in science fiction. ATTACK OF THE SPACE PIRATES is playing Saturday, October 1st and 15th, at 6 and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $3 and available at the door. Each presentation is followed by a thrilling ride aboard a space coaster and a live tour of the autumn skies over Bourbonnais. PLEASE NOTE DUE TO OLIVET HOMECOMING THERE WILL BE NO HAUNTED PLANETARIUM SHOWS THIS YEAR.

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.