Patrick Mills
Natural Sciences and Physical Education
Department Chair
Phone: (815) 280-6702
Office: E-1025

Suzanne Roberts
Natural Sciences and Physical Education
Department Secretary
Phone: (815) 280-2420
Fax: (815) 280-6670
Office: E-1043


Image of Stars 

ASTEROIDS AND COMETS  Learn more about the giant rocks that share the solar system with the planets. This show includes a history of terrestrial hits that have occurred since the beginning of the solar system plus chances of collisions in the future.

BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD This show discusses the commercial ventures to return to the moon and establish permanent bases on the lunar surface.

BLACK HOLES  What are black holes? Where do they come from? What happens when something falls into a Black Hole?  Black Holes are one of the most interesting things we can't see in space. This program tells you what and where they are.

HOW TO WATCH THE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE  There will be a partial eclipse of the sun late in the afternoon of October 23rd. This program will describe the eclipse and demonstrates how you can safely view it.

HUMANS AND ROBOTS IN SPACE This program discusses the use of robots versus humans in space exploration.

LARRY CAT IN SPACE The all time children's favorite is back. The story of a cat who sneaks aboard a rocket for a trip to the moon.

MARS Mars is the future destination for manned space trips. Learn about the red planet and what will be needed to survive a trip to this terrestrial planet.

SEASONAL SKIES  What is in the skies this month? What constellations and planets are easy to find? Are there any comets or meteor showers? Take a trip through the current night sky during this seasonal show.

STORY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR This show covers the history of the winter solstice celebration and why Christmas is celebrated at this time of the year. It also addresses what the Christmas star might have been, what year the birth described in the Bible might have happened, and the story of the three kings.  Biblical, historical, and astronomical data was used to prepare this show.

TELESCOPE BASICS This show describes how telescopes work, the different types of telescopes, and how to choose a telescope to fit your budget. If you are planning to purchase a telescope and can not attend this show, contact the planetarium for information on how to choose a telescope. (

THE SEARCH FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE IN SPACE Are humans the only intelligent life in the universe? Probably not.  This program discusses how NASA is searching for habitable planets and NASA's search for intelligent life on other planets.

THE SOLAR SYSTEM This show is about the sun, planets, plutoids, dwarf planets and other objects that orbit the sun. The show is continually updated to remain current. The show concludes with a look at the possibility of aliens.

THE X-PLANETS - DISCOVERING OTHER EARTHS  The search is on for other planets that are in the habitable zone - the perfect distance from their star where water and life could exist.

WE GO TO THE MOON This show for children four to seven years old shows what it would be like to go to the moon and gives them a chance to discuss what they would need for their lunar voyage.

For more information on shows, contact Art Maurer, Planetarium Director at 815-280-2601, or email at For more information on group field trips, contact Tammy Barnes, Field Trip Coordinator at 815-280-2917, or email at


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