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, he’s 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.

Show times, beginning October 8th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 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 you’re 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, beginning October 8th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"The Secret Lives of Stars" (w/ live sky tour)

While we clamor for news about George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, and other Hollywood stars, the real stars live out their millions-to-billions-of-years lifespans above our heads.  Despite their relative anonymity, stars have stories to tell and they are not all created equal.  Massive stars blaze gloriously for a few million years and die spectacularly, while their puny cousins will glow feebly for billions of years to come.  What are stars and just what determines how long they live, what their lives are like, and how they die?  Find out in this exposé of stars' amazing variety and secret lives.

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.

Opening January, 2017

"The Star of Bethlehem" (w/ live sky tour)

The age-old mystery of the Star of Bethlehem is explored in this Christmas planetarium program.  Travel back in time to the Middle East and delve into the writings of the time, including scripture from the Bible, to search for clues to add to our modern scientific knowledge of the nature of the heavens above to see if there might be some natural explanation the star's appearance.  Can the star be understood scientifically, or is its explanation only to be found in realm of the miraculous?

Note: This program has strong religious content.

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.

Opening on a special holiday show schedule beginning Friday, November 25th

"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.

Opening on a special holiday show schedule beginning Friday, November 25th

"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?

Opening Spring, 2017