Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket


Head back to school with two kids and a talking astronomy book as they take a tour of the solar system (including a stop at Pluto!) and learn about each of the planets along the way. Why are the worlds of the inner solar system known as "rocky midgets"? What would it be like to fly through the storms of Jupiter or the rings of Saturn? Find out, along with information about what makes each planet unique, in this fully immersive voyage of discovery, suitable for students of all ages. Running time is approximately 30 minutes. (For private school groups, there is also a 40-minute version available with additional stops at the Sun and Moon. A Spanish-language version of the show is available as well.) All shows are followed by a live introduction to the Kankakee skies and a ride on a thrilling space coaster!

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.