The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Dinosaurs at Dusk"

Take a fantasy trip back to the Mesozoic era to share the skies with pterosaurs and other flying reptiles, and explore the origins of flight, as well as what brought the dinosaurs' long reign to a cataclysmic end.  (From Mirage3D.)

Show times December 26th through January 8th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30, 3:30, & 7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30, 3:30, & 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30, 3:30, & 7:00 PM

Show times January 9th through February 1st

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30, 3:30, & 7:00 PM

"The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure" (w/ bonus action short "Sunny Bunnies on the Moon")

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 26th through January 8th

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM

Bonus action short:
"Sunny Bunnies on the Moon"

Look out Moon!  The Sunny Bunnies don't appreciate having their glorious sunshine interrupted by a solar eclipse.  What will they do?  Maybe a rollicking trip to the Moon can fix this unacceptable situation.   Join the bunnies as they pinball around the Moon and try to get it moving along and restore sunshine to Sunny Park back on Earth.  They may be cute and fluffy, but don't mess with their sunshine!

"Cosmic Colors" (with "Solar Quest")

"Cosmic Colors (w/ live sky tour)"

The universe is awash in radio waves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, microwaves, x-rays, and gamma rays, pouring forth from various celestial objects.  So, what do all of these forms of electromagnetic energy have in common, and what makes them different?  Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and common, everyday occurrences and uses of these forms of energy in this fast-paced adventure.

Also included is "Solar Quest," a short program examining the sun and its effects on our planet through the phenomena we call space weather.

Show times December 30th through February 1st

  • Saturdays: 4:30 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 youíre 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 January 5th through February 1st

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

"Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West"

Meticulously researched, this National Geographic large format film uses actors to recreate the Corps of Discovery Expeditionís mission to open up the West soon after the Louisiana Purchase.  Watch in awe as the movie transports you back in time to observe Merriweather Lewis and William Clark leading the expedition across the west in an effort to learn more about the land, map the new territory, find an all water passage to the Pacific Ocean and establish an American presence in this territory before Britain or other European powers tried to claim it.  Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the Corps of Discovery mission comes to life on the planetariumís 50 foot dome.

Show times January 6th through February 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"We Are Stars"

A whirlwind exploration of our cosmic origins, both whimsical and profound, narrated by Andy Serkis ("Gollum" from "Lord of the Rings").

Debuting Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

"Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter"

Hints of its effects on the matter we can see have been around for a century, yet the true nature of dark matter continues to elude us.  Journey from mountaintop observatories to subterranean atom smashers and particle detectors with scientists hot on the trail of the invisible stuff that shapes galaxies.  Narrated by award-winning actress Tilda Swinton.

Coming in 2018