The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Dream to Fly" (with bonus action short "Wall of China")

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 need to take wing is a ticket.  Have you ever dreamed of flying?

Show time August 18th

  • Tuesday, August 18th: 10:30 AM

Bonus action short:
"Wall of China"

The Great Wall of China, a magnificent architectural wonder.  Wouldn't it be relaxing to experience this marvel from the seat of a rickshaw?  Sit back as your personal cyclist does the work while you take in the scenery.  Up and down the undulating hills, around the bends and curves, what could possibly go wrong?  What could go wrong?!  Just about everything, when a rickshaw goes out of control.  Will you survive the Wall of China?  Probably, but you might not ever forget the experience.

"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 August 19th

  • Saturday, August 19th: 4:30 PM

"Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity" (with live sky tour and bonus action short "Wall of China")

There's a place from which nothing—not even light—escapes, where time and space literally come to their end.  It's here, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos…and our imaginations.  Zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness how a giant star's violent death gives birth to a black hole.  Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories provide the most complete picture yet of this mysterious phenomenon.  Can you feel the pull?

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 times August 18th through the 21st

  • Fridays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

Show times August 22nd through September 4th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

Bonus action short:
"Wall of China"

The Great Wall of China, a magnificent architectural wonder.  Wouldn't it be relaxing to experience this marvel from the seat of a rickshaw?  Sit back as your personal cyclist does the work while you take in the scenery.  Up and down the undulating hills, around the bends and curves, what could possibly go wrong?  What could go wrong?!  Just about everything, when a rickshaw goes out of control.  Will you survive the Wall of China?  Probably, but you might not ever forget the experience.

"Edge of Darkness"

In the spaces between—and beyond—the Solar System's largest bodies (the sun and planets) lie mysterious worlds, long hidden from our sight.  Now, a new generation of robotic explorers is reaching out to Pluto, the largest asteroid Ceres, and the bizarre "rubber duck" comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko to reveal the secrets they hold to the Solar System's birth.  Hitch a ride across the interplanetary void with the Dawn, Rosetta, and New Horizons missions on their daring quest to push back the Edge of Darkness.

The presentation concludes with a live update of some of the latest images and discoveries from New Horizons' Pluto encounter.

Show times August 22nd through September 4th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

"Rock On Demand"

It's time for some good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, but with a twist.  "Rock On Demand" has one name, but it's four different shows, and you get to vote on which one you'll see.  Your ticket buys a customized poker chip with which you'll vote for the show you want.  Votes will be tallied minutes before show time, so you won't know which lineup you’re about to see until the lights go down!  Will it be the "60s, 70s & 80s" show, the "80's and Beyond" show, the "British Empire" show, or the "North American/Aussie" show?  Programs may feature The Doors, The Beatles, CCR, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Rush, U2, Van Halen, Metallica, or Midnight Oil.  Which version will you vote for?  Which version will you experience?  Bring your friends and "rock the vote!"

Show times August 22nd through September 4th

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM