As much as we've learned over the past centuries in astronomy, we still don't know the answer to one simple question: what is most of the universe made out of? When we look into space, we can see the gravitational effect of a great amount of matter that is utterly invisible: dark matter. Join us at the planetarium this August for the premier of a brand new show that investigates this mystery, the search for dark matter in the universe. From the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the earliest moments of the universe's existence, dark matter shapes the structure of the world yet remains astronomy's greatest mystery. This show is an in-depth exploration of the quest for dark matter, outlining its properties and some active experiments searching for its nature. THE DARK MATTER MYSTERY is appropriate for all audiences, but the content is geared toward older kids and adults. THE DARK MATTER MYSTERY will be premiering this month on Saturday, August 13th and 20th, at 6 and 7:30 PM. Each showing includes a live star talk discussing the sky above Kankakee and next year's upcoming total solar eclipse. Each show also concludes with a thrilling ride on a space coaster! Tickets are $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.