Opened in November 1995, the Faulkner Planetarium is the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, seating 144 under a 50' dome. In fall, 2013 the theater was upgraded to a state-of-the-art Digistar 5 fulldome projection system with 10,200 W Dolby 5.1 surround sound, reclaiming its title as Idaho's most advanced planetarium theater.
Features one of the world's largest fully wheelchair-accessible public telescopes. The main instrument—the Norman Herrett telescope—is a 24" Ritchey-Chretien reflector on a computer-controlled fork mount, manufactured by DFM Engineering of Longmont, Colorado, USA. The ARE-125, an optical "periscope" designed by DFM, allows unprecedented access to the telescope for wheelchair bound and limited mobility vistors. An Apogee Alta E47+ CCD camera is available for imaging, a generous gift of Dick and Jody Shotwell.
Currently on Exhibit:
|Planetarium Show Times (through Memorial Day)|
|Fridays||7:00 PM 8:00 PM|
|Saturdays||1:30 PM 2:30 PM3:30 PM 4:30 PM7:00 PM 8:00 PM|
|Additional shows offered at certain times.|
|Planetarium Admission Prices|
|Adults (ages 18-59)||$6.00|
|Seniors (ages 60+)||$5.00|
|Children (ages 2-17) & CSI students (w/ activity card)||$4.00|
|Children under age 2||FREE|
|A Herrett Center membership entitles you to a $1.00 discount on your ticket.|
|*50% discount for Planetary Society members and families.|
|Observatory Open Hours &
|Monthly Star Parties:|
|2nd Saturday of the month, year round (weather permitting).
Time: One hour after sunset to Midnight.
|Astronomy Talk Nights:|
|Following astronomy talks on Wednesdays nearest new moon in Feb., Apr., Sep., & Nov. (weather permitting).
Time: One hour after sunset to midnight.
Admission: $1.50 per person (children 6 and under are free) or FREE with admission to astronomy talk or planetarium show.
|Summer Solar Sessions:|
|Wednesdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting).
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
|2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, Nov. through Feb. (weather permitting).
Time: 1 hour after sunset to 9:00 PM.
Admission: $1.50 per person (children 6 and under are free) or FREE with planetarium show admission.