The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Eclipse: The Sun Revealed"

The total solar eclipse of August 21st, 2017 will be the not-to-be-missed astronomy event of the year.  This brand-new production, from Nashville's Sudekum Planetarium, explores the history of eclipses and the special alignment of celestial bodies that makes them possible, as well as the dos and don'ts of safely enjoying one of nature's greatest spectacles.

After the recorded show, a live show presenter will offer a mini program about the eclipse in Idaho, including tips on where to go for the best views.

Opening March 3rd, 2017

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

"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 times March 4th through 18th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times March 19th through April 1st (Spring Break Weeks 1 & 2)

  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

"Perfect Little Planet"

Travel along with an alien family as they search for the perfect place in our solar system to get away from it all.

Show times March 4th through 18th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

Show times March 19th through 25th (Spring Break Week 1)

  • Wednesday: 1:30 PM
  • Saturday: 1:30 PM

Show time March 26th through April 1st (Spring Break Week 2)

  • Saturday: 1:30 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.

Show time March 19th through 25th (Spring Break Week 1)

  • Tuesday: 1:30 PM

"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.

Show time March 19th through 25th (Spring Break Week 1)

  • Friday: 1:30 PM

"Dream to Fly"

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

Show times March 19th through 25th (Spring Break Week 1)

  • Tuesday: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30
  • Thursday: 2:30
  • Friday: 2:30
  • Saturday: 2:30 & 7:00 PM

Show times March 26th through April 1st (Spring Break Week 2)

  • Tuesday: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30
  • Saturday: 2:30 & 7:00 PM