The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"Sea Monsters"

Eighty million years ago, the Great Plains lay beneath a shallow sea, populated with terrifying predators and strange wonders.  This National Geographic program, with narration by Liev Schreiber and an original soundtrack by Peter Gabriel, shows how paleontologists use fossil clues to reconstruct how "Dolly," a dolphin-like dolichorhynchops, navigated this perilous underwater world, long before humans walked the earth.

Show Time (December 29th)

  • Tuesday: 3:30 PM

Show Times (January 2nd through February 1st)

  • Saturdays: 4:30 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.

Show Time (December 31st)

  • Thursday: 3:30 PM

"Edge of Darkness" (w/ live sky tour)

In the spaces between—and beyond—the Solar System's largest bodies (the sun and planets) lie mysterious worlds, long hidden from our sight.   Now, a new generation of robotic explorers is reaching out to Pluto, the largest asteroid Ceres, and the bizarre "rubber duck" comet Churyumov- Gerasimenko to reveal the secrets they hold to the Solar System's birth.  Hitch a ride across the interplanetary void with the Dawn, Rosetta, and New Horizons missions on their daring quest to push back the Edge of Darkness.

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.

Opening January 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM & 7:00 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!"

Returning January 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM