The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Dinosaurs at Dusk: The Origins of Flight"

Take a fantasy trip back to the Mesozoic era to share the skies with pterosaurs and other flying reptiles, and explore the origins of flight, as well as what brought the dinosaurs' long reign to a cataclysmic end.  (From Mirage3D.)

Show times May 28th through July 1st

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM

"The Sun: Our Living Star"

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years.  The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived.  It is our nearest star and our planet's powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.  The passage of the Sun's fiery disc across the sky – day by day, month by month – was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations.  Don't be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.  Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun's violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

Show times May 30th through July 1st

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

"The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure" (with bonus action short "Sunny Bunnies on the Moon")

Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie and Armstrong (Cy's dog), as they embark upon an unexpected journey into space!  Armstrong gets the kids into a little trouble with his antics on a field trip to the science center.  From there the adventure only grows as the three are whisked into space by a wise-cracking spaceship named Halley.  It's off to the moon for a little exploring, followed by a visit to the sun.  What wonders will they discover?  Will they make it back to Earth?  This wonderful adventure show is based on a story by award-winning children's author Kristyn Crow.

Show times May 29th through July 1st

  • Wednesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 3:30 PM

Bonus action short:
"Sunny Bunnies on the Moon"

Look out Moon!  The Sunny Bunnies don't appreciate having their glorious sunshine interrupted by a solar eclipse.  What will they do?  Maybe a rollicking trip to the Moon can fix this unacceptable situation.   Join the bunnies as they pinball around the Moon and try to get it moving along and restore sunshine to Sunny Park back on Earth.  They may be cute and fluffy, but don't mess with their sunshine!

"Capcom Go! – The Apollo Story"

An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first humans on the Moon.  This show is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th Apollo 11 Anniversary in July 2019.

Show times June 1st through July 1st

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 & 7:00 PM

"Beyond the Sun: En busca de una neuva Tierra"

Mientras Celeste lucha para mantenerse despierta en su cama leyendo un libro sobre astronomía, recibe una inesperada visita de Moon.  Juntos, disfrutan de un viaje a través del Universo para descubrir qué son los exoplanetas y cómo se pueden detectar.  En su viaje observan planetas perdidos, mundos oceánicos y súper-Tierras.  Moon le dice a Celeste sobre los cazadores de exoplanetas, que observan el cielo en busca de planetas como la Tierra.  Muchas aventuras están por venir.  Pero primero, ella necesita descansar un poco.  Celeste se duerme esperando la próxima visita de Moon.

Horarios del programa del 1 de junio al 1 de julio

  • Sábados: 1:30 pm

"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.

Show times June 1st through July 1st

  • Saturdays: 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…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 September 3rd