The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"Secret Lives of Stars"

While we clamor for news about George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, and other Hollywood stars, the real stars live out their millions-to-billions-of-years lifespans above our heads.  Despite their relative anonymity, stars have stories to tell and they are not all created equal.  Massive stars blaze gloriously for a few million years and die spectacularly, while their puny cousins will glow feebly for billions of years to come.  What are stars and just what determines how long they live, what their lives are like, and how they die?  Find out in this exposé of stars' amazing variety and secret lives.

The program concludes with a live exposé of some stars visible in Idaho skies, and others only further south, using the theater's Digistar 5 technology.

Show times through February 28th

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

Show times March 1st through 18th

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM & 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 February 28th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

Show times March 1st through April 1st

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure"

Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie and Armstrong (Cy's dog), as they embark upon an unexpected journey into space!  Armstrong gets the kids into a little trouble with his antics on a field trip to the science center.  From there the adventure only grows as the three are whisked into space by a wise-cracking spaceship named Halley.  It's off to the moon for a little exploring, followed by a visit to the sun.  What wonders will they discover?  Will they make it back to Earth?  This wonderful adventure show is based on a story by award-winning children's author Kristyn Crow.

Show times through February 28th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

Show times March 19th through 25th (Spring Break Week 1)

  • Thursday: 1:30

"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 February 28th

  • Saturdays: 2:30 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 February 28th

  • Saturdays: 4:30 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 February 28th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

Show times March 1st through April 1st

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM