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The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter"

Hints of its effects on the matter we can see have been around for a century, yet the true nature of dark matter continues to elude us.  Journey from mountaintop observatories to subterranean atom smashers and particle detectors with scientists hot on the trail of the invisible stuff that shapes galaxies.  Narrated by award-winning actress Tilda Swinton.

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 July 2nd

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

Show times July 3rd through August 6th

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

"We Are Stars" (with bonus action short "Wall of China" and a live sky tour)

Roll up!  Roll up!  Come inside and experience the universe like never before!  Join the Time Master as he takes you on a journey through space and time.  Discover how the very atoms that make up every one of us were either forged in the hearts of stars or created in their cataclysmic deaths.  See the explosive birth of our universe, watch as stars are born and die, experience the birth of planets and the eventual rise of life.  It is the greatest carnival ride of all time, so roll up and see how we are all stars.

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 July 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

Show times July 3rd through August 6th

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 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.

"Dinosaurs at Dusk"

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 through July 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 & 8:00 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

Show times July 3rd through August 6th

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

"Perfect Little Planet" (with bonus action short "Sunny Bunnies on the Moon")

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 July 2nd

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 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!

"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 July 2nd

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM

"Astronaut" (w/ bonus action short "Wall of China" and live sky tour)

Mankindís greatest endeavor is the exploration of space.  What does it take to become an astronaut, and participate in the incredible journey?  Find out in the this program by experiencing a rocket launch from inside an astronaut's body.  Explore both inner and outer space in this exciting show.  Join test astronaut "Chad" as he's subjected to the perils lurking beyond Earth's protective atmosphere and magnetic field.  Does Chad have the right stuff?  Would you?

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 July 2nd

  • 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.

"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 July 2nd

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

Show times July 3rd through August 6th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 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 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 through July 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM