Dawn of the Space Age

Dawn of the Space Age

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing this summer at the planetarium with an immersive adventure through the history of space exploration! Beginning with the launch of Sputnik, this presentation puts you in the cockpit of the most famous space missions, from Apollo to the International Space Station and beyond. With an all-star soundtrack and integrating actual audio from the first lunar missions, this show takes audiences on an inspirational journey that will appeal to children and adults alike. This will be a special 45-minute extended presentation of the show, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 tickets are only 50 cents per person!

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

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Join Big Bird, Elmo, and a new friend as they explore the sky over Sesame Street and learn how the sky is the same in different parts of the world. Big Bird teaches the students about constellations, and Elmo uses his imagination to travel to the moon and learn the ways in which Earth and the moon are different. This show provides an interactive and musical introduction to the stars for the youngest stargazers. Topics include the sun as a star, sunrise and sunset, constellations, the North Star, and the moon. This show is for pre-school to early elementary school audiences and runs approximately 25 minutes. An optional 15-minute guided tour of the night sky can also be included for a total presentation period of 40 minutes.

ONE WORLD, ONE SKY is a production of Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center and was produced with major support from the National Science Foundation. ONE WORLD, ONE SKY is distributed by Loch Ness Productions.

About Strickler Planetarium

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.