The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"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 August 1st through the 17th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30, 3:30, & 8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30, 3:30, & 7:00 PM

Show times August 18th through the 20th

  • Friday, August 18th: 1:30, 3:30, 7:00 & 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 19th: 1:30, 3:30, 7:00, & 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 20th: 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, & 4:30 PM

"Earth, Moon & Sun" (with bonus action short "Wall of China" and 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 August 1st through the 17th

  • 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.

"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 August 1st through the 17th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Fridays: 7:00 PM

Show times August 22nd through September 2nd

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

"Solar System Odyssey"

Sometime in the future…

A time has come when humans have depleted our home planet's resources.  Multi-billionaire business tycoon Warren Trout, seeking to secure new frontiers for Trout Enterprises, recruits former Space Fleet Command pilot Jack Larsen for a mission to find a suitable extraterrestrial location for human colonization.  Now Jack finds himself searching the solar system, but he isnít alone.  It seems that Troutís daughter, Ashley, has stowed away onboard his spaceship.  Together they embark upon a wild ride through the solar system trying to answer these questions: How are the worlds of the solar system alike?  How are they different?  What features must a world possess for humans to live there?

Will Larson and Ashley find a suitable location?  Will they even survive this mission?  Find out in this action-packed adventure.

Show times August 1st through the 17th

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times August 22nd through September 2nd

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

"Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine" (with live sky tour)

What makes Earth so conducive to life?  What drives our planet's weather and climate engine?  What connects seemingly independent systems on Earth to create and influence the planetís climate?  Follow the energy trail from the sun to Earth and into the interwoven systems of atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere to discover the broader nature of global climate.  Explore the winds, oceans, and forces of nature that shape Earth, and discover what ruined our sister planet, Venus.

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 August 1st through the 17th

  • Tuesdays: 10:30 AM
  • Thursdays: 10:30 AM

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"

Join Sesame Streetís Big Bird, Elmo, and Elmoís friend from faraway China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they learn about the sky in this fun adventure, best suited for children ages 4-6.  The three friends learn about sunsets and finding starry patterns like the Big Dipper in the night sky.

Using their imaginations, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu even travel to the moon, where they discover they can jump higher and kick a soccer ball farther, but can't fly a kite, and must wear space helmets to breathe.  Returning to Earth, they realize they can see the same stars from their homes in the United States and China.

Show times August 1st through the 17th

  • Wednesdays: 10:30 AM
  • Fridays: 10:30 AM

"Pink Floyd: The Wall"

It's the complete, blockbuster double album, rendered in amazing fulldome.  Experience "Run Like Hell," "Comfortably Numb," "Young Lust," "Goodbye Blue Sky," "Another Brick in the Wall," and more in immersive, head-spinning graphics.

Show times August 1st through the 17th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

Show times August 22nd through September 4th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"Led Zeppelin"

The Songs Remain the Same.
But the Visuals Will Blow Your Mind.

Take a psychedelic, 3-D/motion odyssey through Led Zeppelin's catalog of rock classics, including "D'yer Mak'er," "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," "Kashmir," "Ramble On," "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Whole Lotta Love," and more.  This fulldome audio-visual extravaganza from Salt Lake City's Clark Planetarium is like nothing you've ever seen—check it out!

Show times August 1st through the 17th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

Show times August 22nd through September 4th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM