The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"Asteroid: Mission Extreme" (with live sky tour)

An epic journey, 66 million years in the making, to discover how asteroids just might be the key to living on other worlds.  Sigourney Weaver, star of the "Alien" movies, narrates this large-format National Geographic film on how the effort to send astronauts to land on an asteroid could change the future of space travel.

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 August 1st

  • Tuesdays: 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM, & 8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM & 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

Show times August 2nd through September 5th

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM

"Cell! Cell! Cell!"

Join Raj and Sooki to dive into the busy world of cells, watching "alien trees" and wriggling "slugs" fly past on the giant 360° fulldome screen.  This is the story of the trillions of cells that form our bodies, from our beginnings as a single cell to the complexity of a whole body: itís the story of who we are.

This program concludes with a live fulldome presentation of some of the amazing facts about the cells of the human body.

Show times through August 1st

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

Show times August 2nd through September 5th

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

"Perfect Little Planet"

Travel along with an alien family as they search for the perfect place in our solar system to get away from it all.

Show times through August 1st

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

"Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum" (with a live sky tour)

"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.

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 through August 1st

  • Wednesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 3:30 PM

"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 through August 1st

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM

"Astronaut" (with live sky tour)

Mankindís 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 August 1st

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 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 August 1st

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:30 AM
  • Fridays: 10:30 AM

Show times August 2nd through September 5th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 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 August 1st

  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times August 2nd through September 5th

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

"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 August 1st

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM