The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"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 through February 1st

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

Show times February 2nd through March 1st

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

"The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" (w/ live sky tour)

Winter is a 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 2nd

  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

"Cosmic Colors" (with "Solar Quest")

"Cosmic Colors (w/ live sky tour)"

The universe is awash in radio waves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, microwaves, x-rays, and gamma rays, pouring forth from various celestial objects.  So, what do all of these forms of electromagnetic energy have in common, and what makes them different?  Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and common, everyday occurrences and uses of these forms of energy in this fast-paced adventure.

Also included is "Solar Quest," a short program examining the sun and its effects on our planet through the phenomena we call space weather.

Show times through February 1st

  • Saturdays: 4:30 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 February 1st

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

"Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West"

Meticulously researched, this National Geographic large format film uses actors to recreate the Corps of Discovery Expeditionís 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 planetariumís 50 foot dome.

Show times through February 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM