Director Steve Case will be speaking on his experiences in South America this past June as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program at the FEED Arts Center in downtown Kankakee on Saturday, April 11th. The talk will begin at 8 PM and will be followed by sidewalk observing of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, weather permitting. Learn about the astronomy taking place at some of the world's most advanced observatories in the Chilean Andes as Case shares what he learned and saw pursuing astronomy in "the upside down" of the southern hemisphere. The talk is free and open to the public!


A year ago this month the Great American Eclipse swept from coast to coast across the United States. Millions witnessed the awesome spectacle of the Moon totally covering the face of the Sun and the stars appearing in the middle of the day. This month at the planetarium, we're bringing back a new version of ECLIPSE: THE SUN REVEALED to both look back to the wonder of last summer and look ahead to the next total eclipse visible from Illinois in 2024! If you were not able to see the eclipse from the path of totality, want to re-live the wonder, or want to prepare for your next opportunity, head to the planetarium this August on Saturday, August 4th and 18th. ECLIPSE: THE SUN REVEALED discusses the science behind eclipses and gives a tiny taste of what it's like to witness one. The show plays each Saturday 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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