Skywatch Live

Skywatch Live


Explore the universe with a live, interactive presentation showcasing the planetarium's brand-new Digistar 6 projection system. From the skies over Kankakee County to the edge of the known universe, we'll witness this month's astronomical highlights, learn the season's constellations, and get updates on current space missions. Then we'll travel from the solar system to our galactic neighborhood and on to the limits of the observable cosmos using realtime simulations that put the audience in the pilot's seat. The December showings will focus on the lights of Christmas and feature light-shows of your favorite holiday classics! The new planetarium is open. Come fly the universe. 

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, was extensively renovated in 2008 and transitioned from an opto-mechanical star projector to a fully digital projection system. In 2019, the planetarium's capabilities were again upgraded to a brand-new Digistar 6 system. 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 realtime database means that simulated travel through space is more than simple special effects — it’s an actual journey through an accurate model of the known universe, with the audience in the pilot's seat!

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.