The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"Dream to Fly"

Humanity's quest to break the bonds of Earth and soar like a bird has roots deep in our civilization and spanning many cultures.  Aladdin's flying carpet, the vimanas (flying palaces and chariots) of ancient Hindu Sanskrit, the Chinese invention of kites, Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific study of wings and drawings of flying machines all paved the way for the modern pioneers of human flight, including France's Montgolfier brothers, England's George Cayley, Germany's Otto Lilienthal and the United States' Wright brothers.  The invention of powered flight both shrank the world, and ushered in the era of aerial warfare.  This poetic and visually-stunning show takes you on a journey from a time when our only flights were of the imagination, to a day when all you need to take wing is a ticket.  Have you ever dreamed of flying?

Show times through May 29th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 & 7:00 PM

Show times May 30th through June 23rd

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

Show time June 24th

  • Saturday: 7:00 PM

Show times June 25th through July 3rd

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

"Eclipse: The Sun Revealed"

The total solar eclipse of August 21st, 2017 will be the not-to-be-missed astronomy event of the year.  This brand-new production, from Nashville's Sudekum Planetarium, explores the history of eclipses and the special alignment of celestial bodies that makes them possible, as well as the dos and don'ts of safely enjoying one of nature's greatest spectacles.

After the recorded show, a live show presenter will offer a mini program about the eclipse in Idaho, including tips on where to go for the best views.

Show times through May 29th

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

Show times May 30th through June 23rd

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thurdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 & 7:00 PM

Show times June 25th through July 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thurdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 & 7:00 PM

"Astronaut" (with live sky tour)

Mankind’s 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 May 29th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 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, 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.

Show times through May 29th

  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times May 30th through June 23rd

  • Fridays: 7:00 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.

Show times through May 29th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

Show times May 30th through June 23rd

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

Final showings, Saturday, June 24th (admission half price)

  • 1:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM
  • 4:30 PM
  • 8:00 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 through May 29th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

Show times May 30th through June 23rd

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times June 25th through July 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
  • Fridays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM