Astronomy at the Herrett Center for Arts & Science


The Faulkner Planetarium

Faulkner Planetarium Opened in November 1995, the Faulkner Planetarium is the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, seating 144 under a 50' dome.  An upgrade to a state-of-the-art Digistar 6 fulldome projection system with 10,200 W Dolby 5.1 surround sound made the Faulkner Idaho's most advanced planetarium theater.

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The Centennial Observatory

Centennial Observatory Features one of the world's largest fully wheelchair-accessible public telescopes.  The main instrument—the Norman Herrett telescope—is a 24" Ritchey-Chretien reflector on a computer-controlled fork mount, manufactured by DFM Engineering of Longmont, Colorado, USA.  The ARE-125, an optical "periscope" designed by DFM, allows unprecedented access to the telescope for wheelchair bound and limited mobility vistors. An Apogee Alta E47+ CCD camera is available for imaging, a generous gift of Dick and Jody Shotwell.

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The Olive & Miles Browning Gallery

The Olive & Miles Browning Gallery

Currently on Exhibit:

  • "ViewSpace" - NASA's continuously-updated high-def video program with the latest images of the universe, news on ongoing missions, and more.
  Planetarium Show Times
  Tuesdays 7:00 PM
  Fridays 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  Saturdays 1:30 PM 2:30 PM 3:30 PM
6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  Now Showing
  Additional shows offered at certain times.
  • Limited seating available to allow social distancing.
  • Assistive listening devices available upon request.
  • No food, drink, or late entry.
  • Dark conditions and audio/visual effects may be too intense for children under four.

  Observatory Open Hours &
Admission Prices
  Due to the coronavirus, the observatory is open on a limited basis.