The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

“Dream to Fly” (w/ bonus action short “Wall of China”)

Have you ever had a dream that you were flying?  What does it take to break the bonds of Earth and soar like a bird?  Explore humankindís quest for flight including the ancient myths of Aladdin on his flying carpet, the vimanas—mechanical winged flying machines—of ancient Sanskrit writings, the kites of ancient China, Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific study of wings and drawings of flying machines, and the pioneers of actual flight: Franceís Montgolfier brothers, Englandís George Cayley, Germanyís Otto Lilienthal and the United States' Wright brothers.  Learn how history also shaped the early days of powered aviation with the advent of World Wars.  This poetic and visually stunning show takes you on a journey from the time when humans could only dream of flying to our modern day world where all one needs to fly is a ticket.  Have you ever dreamed of flying?

Show times starting August 1st

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 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.

“Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum” (w/ live sky tour)

“Cosmic Colors (w/ live sky tour)”

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.

After the program, a live show presenter will show you the stars, constellations, and planets currently visible in the evening and pre-dawn skies, and tell some of the ancient stories about them.

Show times starting August 1st

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

“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.

Show times starting August 1st

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

“Moons: Worlds of Mystery” (w/ live sky tour)

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.

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 starting August 1st

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 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, heís 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 starting August 1st

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

“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 youíre 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 starting August 1st

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

“Somos Estrellas” (con un tour en vivo del cielo)

¡Oyez!  ¡Oyez!  ¡Entra y experimenta el universo como nunca antes!  Únete al Maestro del Tiempo mientras te lleva en un viaje a través del espacio y el tiempo.   Descubra cómo los mismos átomos de los que estamos hechos se forjaron en los corazones de las estrellas o se crearon en sus muertes catastróficas.  Vea el nacimiento explosivo de nuestro universo, vea cómo nacen y mueren las estrellas, experimente el nacimiento de los planetas y el eventual ascenso de la vida.  Es el mejor paseo de carnaval de todos los tiempos, así que sigue y observa cómo somos todos estrellas.

Después del espectáculo, un profesor en vivo lo lleva a recorrer el cielo nocturno actual, que incluye instrucciones para encontrar los planetas, identificar constelaciones y mitos sobre las estrellas.

Horarios del programa comienza el 1 de augosto:

  • Sábados: 4:30 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

“Volcanoes - The Fires of Creation”

Southern Idaho, a landscape sculpted by volcanic forces.  From the stark beauty of Craters of the Moon with its extinct splatter cones and plains of frozen lava to other lava flows across southern Idaho, it is clear than volcanoes played a role in shaping the land on which we live.  Today, active volcanoes hold an allure.  It could be from their rarity or the danger they pose; no matter what the reason they fascinate us.  Witness the incredible tale of the birth of our planet in which volcanoes played a crucial role.  Then step into the present and follow along as National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter takes you along on a personal journey to see volcanoes from the inside, revealing their hidden mysteries.  Get up close to the 2018 eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea and watch as Carsten attempts to descend to a lava lake as it roils and churns, launching fountains of lava.  Carsten's passion for volcanoes will grab you, thrill you, and scare you all at the same time.  You may never want to get as close to an active volcano in real life as Carsten does, but you can go there with him from the safety of your seat in the planetarium.

Every rock tells a story.

Opening December 26th