The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine" (w/ live sky tour)

What makes Earth so conducive to life?  What drives our planet's weather and climate engine?  What connects seemingly independent systems on Earth to create and influence the planetís climate?  Follow the energy trail from the sun to Earth and into the interwoven systems of atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere to discover the broader nature of global climate.  Explore the winds, oceans, and forces of nature that shape Earth, and discover what ruined our sister planet, Venus.

After the program, a live show presenter will show you the stars, constellations, and planets currently visible in the evening and pre-dawn skies, and tell some of the ancient stories about them.

Show times starting May 6th

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM

"Earth, Moon & Sun" (with live sky tour)

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit and thinks he knows a lot about the sky, but as it turns out, heís a little confused.  Coyote, adapted from American Indian oral tradition, gets set straight with his many misconceptions about lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles of the sky.  What is the nature of the sun and moon?  How do their movements and interactions affect their appearance in the sky?  Find out in this entertaining and informative family program.

After the show, a live show presented 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 times starting May 7th

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

"Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure"

Eighty million years ago, the Great Plains lay beneath a shallow sea, populated with terrifying predators and strange wonders.  This National Geographic program, with narration by Liev Schreiber and an original soundtrack by Peter Gabriel, shows how paleontologists use fossil clues to reconstruct how "Dolly," a dolphin-like dolichorhynchops, navigated this perilous underwater world, long before humans walked the earth.

Show times starting May 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM