The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

"The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" (with a 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 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

  • Saturdays: 1:30 & 7:00 PM

"The Star of Bethlehem" (with a 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 for the nature of the star.  Can the star be explained naturally, or is its true nature left to the realm of the miraculous?

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.

Note: This program has strong religious content.

Show Times

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 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 a finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Show Times

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 3:30 & 8:00 PM

"Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure"

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 Times

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 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 compelling true story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway, with the help of citizen scientists across North America.  Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

Show Times

  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM