The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"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.

Opening March 24th, 2015

Special Spring Break show times (March 24th - April 4th):
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 & 7:00
  • Saturdays: 2:30 & 4:30 PM

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"

Join Sesame Streetís Big Bird, Elmo, and Elmoís friend from faraway China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they learn about the sky in this fun adventure, best suited for children ages 4-6.  The three friends learn about sunsets and finding starry patterns like the Big Dipper in the night sky.  Using their imaginations, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu even travel to the Moon, where they discover they can jump higher and kick a soccer ball farther, but can't fly a kite, and must wear space helmets to breathe.  Returning to Earth, they realize they can see the same stars from their homes in the United States and China.

Special Spring Break show times:

  • Wednesday, March 25th: 1:30 PM
  • Friday, March 27th: 1:30 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 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.

Returning March 28th, 2015

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

"Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine" (with a live sky tour)

What makes Earth so conducive to life?  What drives the engine of weather and climate on our planet?  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 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.

Returning March 31st, 2015

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM

"Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon"

"Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon"

The second-best selling album of all time, it has spent more time on the Billboard Top 200 than any album before or since, with the classics "Breathe," "Time," "Money," "Us and Them," "Brain Damage," and more.  You've heard it too many times to count—now see it in mind-bending full-dome.

Returning April 4th, 2015

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"Moons: Worlds of Mystery"

Our solar system is replete with a star and eight planets that garner most of our attention.  But many times we forget altogether about some of the more interesting worlds of our solar system, the many moons that by far outnumber the planets as they orbit around their larger celestial parents.  The moons of the solar system are as varied and diverse from one another as the planets.  Our own Moon has many stabilizing effects on our planet and without it life may possibly have never developed here.  This program explores the diversity of exotic moons found in the solar system and takes a look at these specific moons: Ganymede, Io, Europa, Mimas, Enceladus, Titan, Triton, Phobos, Deimos, Charon as well as our own Moon.

Coming in 2015