The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

“Volcanoes - The Fires of Creation”

Southern Idaho, a landscape sculpted by volcanic forces.  From the stark beauty of Craters of the Moon with its extinct splatter cones and plains of frozen lava to other lava flows across southern Idaho, it is clear that volcanoes played a role in shaping the land on which we live.  Today, active volcanoes hold an allure.  It could be from their rarity or the danger they pose; no matter what the reason they fascinate us.  Witness the incredible tale of the birth of our planet in which volcanoes played a crucial role.  Then step into the present and follow along as National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter takes you along on a personal journey to see volcanoes from the inside, revealing their hidden mysteries.  Get up close to the 2018 eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea and watch as Carsten attempts to descend to a lava lake as it roils and churns, launching fountains of lava.  Carsten's passion for volcanoes will grab you, thrill you, and scare you all at the same time.  You may never want to get as close to an active volcano in real life as Carsten does, but you can go there with him from the safety of your seat in the planetarium.

Every rock tells a story.

Show times December 26th through January 3rd

  • Thursday, December 26th: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Friday, December 27th: 1:30, 3:30, & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 28th: 3:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 31st: 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 2nd: 2:30 PM
  • Friday, January 3rd: 2:30 & 7:00 PM

Show times January 4th through the 31st

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

"The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure" (with bonus action short "Sunny Bunnies on the Moon")

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 December 31st through January 6th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM

Bonus action short:
"Sunny Bunnies on the Moon"

Look out Moon!  The Sunny Bunnies don't appreciate having their glorious sunshine interrupted by a solar eclipse.  What will they do?  Maybe a rollicking trip to the Moon can fix this unacceptable situation.   Join the bunnies as they pinball around the Moon and try to get it moving along and restore sunshine to Sunny Park back on Earth.  They may be cute and fluffy, but don't mess with their sunshine!

"Legends of the Night Sky: Orion"

An imaginative look at the stories and legends about Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky.

A tour of the current night sky will follow the movie and will concentrate on how to locate Orion and his companion constellations in the winter sky as well as the current positions of the visible planets and other objects of interest for casual observers.

Show times December 31st through January 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 3:30 PM

Show times January 4th through the 31st

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

"Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter"

Hints of its effects on the matter we can see have been around for a century, yet the true nature of dark matter continues to elude us.  Journey from mountaintop observatories to subterranean atom smashers and particle detectors with scientists hot on the trail of the invisible stuff that shapes galaxies.  Narrated by award-winning actress Tilda Swinton.

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 December 31st through January 31st

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

"Mesmerica 360"

Mesmerica 360 is a unique visual music journey designed to stimulate the mind and senses, bringing together the music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist James Hood with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated imagery curated from artists around the world.  Experience a stunning and immersive 360 fulldome projection with 5:1 surround sound in the Faulkner Planetarium.  Suitable for ages 6 and over.

Advance tickets for this special presentation are highly recommended.  Purchase tickets online from the vendor, since availability at the door cannot be guaranteed.

Show times starting January 4th

  • Saturdays: 5:30 PM

"Led Zeppelin"

"Led Zeppelin"

The Songs Remain the Same.
But the Visuals Will Blow Your Mind.

Take a psychedelic, 3-D/motion odyssey through Led Zeppelin's catalog of rock classics, including "D'yer Mak'er," "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," "Kashmir," "Ramble On," "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Whole Lotta Love," and more.  This fulldome audio-visual extravaganza from Salt Lake City's Clark Planetarium is like nothing you've ever seen—check it out!

Show times starting January 4th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM