The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"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 through December 12th

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

Show times December 13th through January 2nd

  • Saturday, December 17th: 8:00 PM
  • Friday, December 23rd: 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 27th: 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 28th: 3:30 PM
  • Friday, December 30th: 3:30 PM

"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 contains 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.

Show times through December 12th

  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times December 13th through 24th

  • Tuesday, December 13th: 8:00 PM
  • Friday, December 16th: 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 17th: 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 20th: 3:30 & 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 21st: 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 22nd: 3:30 PM
  • Friday, December 23rd: 3:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 24th: 3:30 PM

"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.

Show times through December 16th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

Show times December 17th through January 2nd

  • Saturday, December 17th: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 20th: 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 21st: 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 22nd: 1:30 PM
  • Friday, December 23rd: 1:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 24th: 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 27th: 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 29th: 1:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 31st: 1:30 PM

"Let It Snow"

It’s a holiday treat for the eyes and ears, featuring festive fulldome video images choreographed to classic Christmas music.  Enjoy seasonal tunes by Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives, Brenda Lee, and more, with a finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  This family program is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Show times through December 12th

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

Show times December 13th through January 2nd

  • Tuesday, December 13th: 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 16th: 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 17th: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 20th: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 21st: 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 22nd: 2:30 PM
  • Friday, December 23rd: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 24th: 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 27th: 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 28th: 2:30 PM
  • Friday, December 30th: 2:30 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.

Show times through December 16th

  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

"Edge of Darkness"

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.

The presentation concludes with a live update of some of the latest images and discoveries from New Horizons' Pluto encounter.

Show times through December 12th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM

"Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West"

Meticulously researched, this National Geographic large format film uses actors to recreate the Corps of Discovery Expedition’s mission to open up the West soon after the Louisiana Purchase.  Watch in awe as the movie transports you back in time to observe Merriweather Lewis and William Clark leading the expedition across the west in an effort to learn more about the land, map the new territory, find an all water passage to the Pacific Ocean and establish an American presence in this territory before Britain or other European powers tried to claim it.  Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the Corps of Discovery mission comes to life on the planetarium’s 50 foot dome.

Show times through December 16th

  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

Show time December 27th through January 2nd

  • Saturday, December 31st: 3:30 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 through December 1st

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

Show times December 2nd through 15th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

Show time December 30th

  • Friday, December 30th: 8:00 PM