The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Earth, Moon & Sun" (with live sky tour)

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit and thinks he knows a lot about the sky, but as it turns out, hes a little confused.  Coyote, adapted from American Indian oral tradition, gets set straight with his many misconceptions about lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles of the sky.  What is the nature of the sun and moon?  How do their movements and interactions affect their appearance in the sky?  Find out in this entertaining and informative family program.

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.

Returning Saturday, March 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 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.

"Titans of the Ice Age"

Titans of the Ice Age will transport you to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization.  Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life–from saber-toothed cats and giant sloths to the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans.  The harsh and beautiful kingdom of these titans lives again on the dome: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts.

Returning March 3rd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"We Are Stars" (with bonus action short "Wall of China" and a live sky tour)

Roll up!  Roll up!  Come inside and experience the universe like never before!  Join the Time Master as he takes you on a journey through space and time.  Discover how the very atoms that make up every one of us were either forged in the hearts of stars or created in their cataclysmic deaths.  See the explosive birth of our universe, watch as stars are born and die, experience the birth of planets and the eventual rise of life.  It is the greatest carnival ride of all time, so roll up and see how we are all stars.

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.

Debuting Tuesday, March 27th (Spring Break week 2)

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 & 3:30 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

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.

"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 soon