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Strickler Planetarium to introduce new show

Posted: Jun 19, 2013


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Are there other planets like Earth in our galaxy? “Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” provides some new answers to that question. This show will be introduced at Strickler Planetarium in July.

“If you want to know what’s exciting in astronomy right now, this is the show for you to see,” said Steve Case, Planetarium director. “Its solid, relevant science presents what we know and what we’re learning about exoplanets — planets that are orbiting stars — in an engaging way.”

Through the wonders of digital imagery, travel to 51 Pegasi, a star very similar to Earth’s sun, to see a giant exoplanet in orbit. Visit Gliese 581, an exoplanet that could possibly sustain standing water and vegetation.

A combination of visual, auditory and science drama, the show includes data that the Kepler space telescope has transmitted since its launch in 2009. Kepler — NASA’s first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets around stars — has been watching more than 100,000 stars with the goal of observing exoplanets.

The discovery of these planets, which began in 1999, is one of the most exciting frontiers in contemporary astronomy. Their detection and classification is a rapidly developing field of observational astronomy.

Added to Olivet’s library of ten digital shows, “Undiscovered Worlds” is the newest show since 2011. Ideal for adults and children in grades six through 12, it is available for both public and private shows.

Each showing also includes an interactive star talk about the night sky in the Kankakee area, a short tour of the universe with a view of our solar system, and a question-and-answer session.

Produced by the Museum of Science, Boston, this show has also been featured at Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston, Mass.; Adler Planetarium, Chicago; The Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque.

The July schedule for “Undiscovered Worlds” at Strickler is July 6 at 6 and 7:30 p.m.; July 13 at 6 and 7:30 p.m.; July 20, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person at the door.

Teachers may schedule a private show for a class field trip. An accompanying educator’s guide provides additional facts and ideas for them to share with their students in the classroom.

For more information or to schedule a private show, contact Steve Case, director of the Planetarium, at 815-928-5681 or or go online to

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