The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Mars 1001"

An international crew of astronauts is about to embark on the first interplanetary journey in history, the first manned mission to the surface of Mars.  Reporter Miles O'Brien is reporting live from his Space Headquarters TV Studio in New York while events unfold for the crew on their 1001-day long mission.

We will witness firsthand their brave attempts to put human footprints on Mars and return safely to Earth.  This journey is made possible by the biggest engineering feat ever and loaded with scientific experiments.  The explorers will be extending our knowledge of Mars and will be learning whether or not mankind has a future among the stars.

Experience the thrill of the grandest mission of exploration ever undertaken!

Show times December 26th through January 7th

  • 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 8th through February 4th

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

"The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" (w/ live sky tour)

Winter is cold, dark time, a time of rest.  This modern-day folk tale follows a family of storytellers who come to a village to tell tales on the longest of nights.  They tell tales of old, of mirth and of laughter; tales of the moon and stars; tales of beasts, and heroes brave.  The young girl and her grandparents rely on the generosity of others, but alas, these villagers have little to share.  Setting out on a simple quest, the young girl comes across a mysterious, but knowledgable, old woman.  Why must winter be so cold and dark?  “Only if the fire is rekindled will the springtime come again” the old woman tells her.  The program explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, in preparation for the new growth of spring.

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 December 26th through the 31st

  • Wednesday, December 26th: 2:30 PM
  • Friday, December 28th: 2:30 PM

Show times January 2nd through February 4th

  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

"Legends of the Night Sky: Orion"

An imaginative look at the stories and legends about Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky.

A tour of the current night sky will follow the movie and will concentrate on how to locate Orion and his companion constellations in the winter sky as well as the current positions of the visible planets and other objects of interest for casual observers.

Show times January 2nd through the 7th

  • Wednesday, January 2nd: 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 3rd: 2:30 PM
  • Friday, January 4th: 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 5th: 2:30 PM

Show times January 8th through February 4th

  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

"Pink Floyd: The Wall"

It's over an hour of the best tunes from the blockbuster album, rendered in amazing fulldome.  Experience "Run Like Hell," "Comfortably Numb," "Young Lust," "Goodbye Blue Sky," "Another Brick in the Wall," and more in immersive, head-spinning graphics.

Show times January 2nd through February 4th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

"Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight"

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what's over the horizon&ellip;is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to nine billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.

Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?

Join narrator Sean Bean on a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future, based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics.  How far can our technology take us?

Opening Spring, 2019