The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Moons: Worlds of Mystery"

Our solar system is replete with a star and eight planets that garner most of our attention.  But many times we forget altogether about some of the more interesting worlds of our solar system, the many moons that by far outnumber the planets as they orbit around their larger celestial parents.  The moons of the solar system are as varied and diverse from one another as the planets.  Our own Moon has many stabilizing effects on our planet and without it life may possibly have never developed here.  This program explores the diversity of exotic moons found in the solar system and takes a look at these specific moons: Ganymede, Io, Europa, Mimas, Enceladus, Titan, Triton, Phobos, Deimos, Charon as well as our own Moon.

Debuts Tuesday, May 26th

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

"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.

Returning Tuesday, May 26th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

"Back to the Moon for Good"

Over forty years ago mankind left the Moon.  After walking its surface, conducting experiments, and collecting samples, astronauts would no longer return, despite the dreams of lunar science stations, manufacturing facilities and colonies.  Now, a new generation of engineers and scientists are dreaming of a return to the Moon and competing to win Google’s $20 million first place Lunar XPRIZE.  To win, they must land a robotic rover on the Moon and return images, video and data to the Earth.

This show traces the history of mankind’s lunar exploration—past, present, and future—and looks at what it takes to get to the moon.  What challenges face the competitors?  Who will prevail?  Who will claim the XPRIZE?  Meet the teams and see who might have the right stuff to achieve the competition’s goal by the end of 2015, and possibly pave the way for a permanent human presence on the Moon.

Returning Tuesday, May 26th

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:30 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.

Returning Wednesday, May 27th

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM

"Pink Floyd: The Wall"

It's the complete, blockbuster double 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.

Returning Friday, May 29th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

"Flight of the Butterflies"

The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature.  Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been.  Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.  For the first time ever, look inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.  Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway, with the help of citizen scientists across North America.

Returning Tuesday, June 30th

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

"Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos" (with live sky tour)

Few things appear more peaceful than a quiet, starry sky.  Year after year the same stars return, apparently inhabiting a tranquil and unchanging universe.  Yet terrific, unseen forces shape the cosmos.  Galaxies collide; supernova explosions rip stars apart, blasting deadly gamma rays across space; black holes in the hearts of galaxies devour whole stars; asteroids and comets streak past, occasionally crashing into Earth and catastrophically disrupting its ecosystems.  In reality, the universe is a violent and dangerous place.  What dangers lurk out there, and how safe is our planet?

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 Tuesday, June 30th

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:30 PM

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo, and Elmo’s 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.

Returning Wednesday, July 1st

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM

"Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum" (with live sky tour)

"Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum"

The universe is awash in radio waves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, microwaves, x-rays, and gamma rays, pouring forth from various celestial objects.  So, what do all of these forms of electromagnetic energy have in common, and what makes them different?  Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum—and common, everyday occurrences and uses of these forms of energy—in this fast-paced adventure.

Returning Wednesday, July 1st

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