• Inspiring Stargazers Since 1975

    Indian Prairie School District 204 built a planetarium as a part of its original high school, Waubonsie Valley. The high school first opened for the 1975-76 school year. Since then, K-12 students and visitors of all ages have learned about astronomy and explored the night sky under the planetarium's dome.

    Today, the WVHS Planetarium is 1 of 2 public school districts in the state of Illinois with K-12 programming. In the 2022-23 school year, 8,000 students visited the planetarium for a field trip lesson and 90% were students from Indian Prairie School District 204.

  • A planetarium uses a star projector to create an artificial sky, including the sun, moon, stars, and planets, which appears and moves to simulate the real sky. Our 1974 Minolta Series IIB star projector is affectionately known as "Big Blue Guy". His dark starry night without light pollution is awe-inspiring.