The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"The Secret Lives of Stars" (w/ live sky tour)

While we clamor for news about George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, and other Hollywood stars, the real stars live out their millions-to-billions-of-years lifespans above our heads.  Despite their relative anonymity, stars have stories to tell and they are not all created equal.  Massive stars blaze gloriously for a few million years and die spectacularly, while their puny cousins will glow feebly for billions of years to come.  What are stars and just what determines how long they live, what their lives are like, and how they die?  Find out in this exposé of stars' amazing variety and secret lives.

After the show, a live show presenter takes you on a tour of the current night sky, including tips for locating the planets, how to find constellations, and ancient myths about the stars.

Opening January, 2017

"Flight of the Butterflies"

The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature.  Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been.  Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.  For the first time ever, look inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.  Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway, with the help of citizen scientists across North America.

Show time December 27th

  • Tuesday, December 27th: 3:30 PM

"Solar System Odyssey"

Sometime in the futureÖ

A time has come when humans have depleted our home planet's resources.  Multi-billionaire business tycoon Warren Trout, seeking to secure new frontiers for Trout Enterprises, recruits former Space Fleet Command pilot Jack Larsen for a mission to find a suitable extraterrestrial location for human colonization.  Now Jack finds himself searching the solar system, but he isnít alone.  It seems that Troutís daughter, Ashley, has stowed away onboard his spaceship.  Together they embark upon a wild ride through the solar system trying to answer these questions: How are the worlds of the solar system alike?  How are they different?  What features must a world possess for humans to live there?

Will Larson and Ashley find a suitable location?  Will they even survive this mission?  Find out in this action-packed adventure.

Show times December 27th through January 2nd

  • Tuesday, December 27th: 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 29th: 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 31st: 2:30 PM

"Astronaut" (with live sky tour)

Mankindís greatest endeavor is the exploration of space.  What does it take to become an astronaut, and participate in the incredible journey?  Find out in the this program by experiencing a rocket launch from inside an astronaut's body.  Explore both inner and outer space in this exciting show.  Join test astronaut "Chad" as he's subjected to the perils lurking beyond Earth's protective atmosphere and magnetic field.  Does Chad have the right stuff?  Would you?

After the show, a live show presenter takes you on a tour of the current night sky, including tips for locating the planets, how to find constellations, and ancient myths about the stars.

Show time December 27th through January 2nd

  • Thursday, December 29th: 3:30 PM

"Asteroid: Mission Extreme" (with live sky tour)

An epic journey, 65 million years in the making, to discover how asteroids just might be the key to living on other worlds.  Sigourney Weaver, star of the "Alien" movies, narrates this large-format National Geographic film on how the effort to send astronauts to land on an asteroid could change the future of space travel.

After the show, a live show presenter takes you on a tour of the current night sky, including tips for locating the planets, how to find constellations, and ancient myths about the stars.

Show time December 27th through January 2nd

  • Friday, December 30th: 7:00 PM

"The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure"

Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie and Armstrong (Cy's dog), as they embark upon an unexpected journey into space!  Armstrong gets the kids into a little trouble with his antics on a field trip to the science center.  From there the adventure only grows as the three are whisked into space by a wise-cracking spaceship named Halley.  It's off to the moon for a little exploring, followed by a visit to the sun.  What wonders will they discover?  Will they make it back to Earth?  This wonderful adventure show is based on a story by award-winning children's author Kristyn Crow.

Show times December 27th through January 2nd

  • Wednesday, December 28th: 1:30 PM
  • Friday, December 30th: 1:30 PM

"Dream to Fly"

Humanity's quest to break the bonds of Earth and soar like a bird has roots deep in our civilization and spanning many cultures.  Aladdin's flying carpet, the vimanas (flying palaces and chariots) of ancient Hindu Sanskrit, the Chinese invention of kites, Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific study of wings and drawings of flying machines all paved the way for the modern pioneers of human flight, including France's Montgolfier brothers, England's George Cayley, Germany's Otto Lilienthal and the United States' Wright brothers.  The invention of powered flight both shrank the world, and ushered in the era of aerial warfare.  This poetic and visually-stunning show takes you on a journey from a time when our only flights were of the imagination, to a day when all you you need to take wing is a ticket.  Have you ever dreamed of flying?

Opening Spring, 2017