Coming Attractions at the Faulkner Planetarium

Coming to the Faulkner Planetarium

“Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival” (w/ live sky tour)

When Celeste gets stumped trying to fold an origami dinosaur, her good friend Moon is here to help.  Together, they travel back in time to discover little dinosaurs, big dinosaurs, feathered dinosaurs, and more, on an adventure to find out why the dinosaurs went extinct—or did they?

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

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 July 2nd through August 5th

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 & 6:00 PM

“Birth of Planet Earth” (w/ live sky tour)

In the fiery beginnings of our young solar system, worlds are born and obliterated.  Gas giants stir chaos.  And a young sun vents its rage.  How did Earth survive against all odds?

This eye-opening fulldome documentary tracks the perilous path our planet took in its early years through advanced, data-driven, cinema-quality CGI.

It explores some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet?  What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

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 July 2nd through August 5th

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

“Extreme Weather”

Climate change is rapidly affecting our land, oceans, and atmosphere.  Extreme weather, driven by the changing climate, gives rise to powerful hurricanes, torrential downpours, and drought, resulting in natural disasters.  National Geographic brings you face to face with Mother Nature at her most dangerous in this film.  Experience the action as massive chunks of ice shear off a rapidly melting glacier in Alaska.  In the Midwest, cameras roll as storm chasers risk their lives to capture data as deadly tornadoes race toward them.  In drought-ravaged California, filmmakers embed themselves with firefighters trying to contain raging wildfires on the front lines.  The film unveils the surprising links between these three areas, demonstrating how small changes in one area can have major effects elsewhere.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times July 2nd through August 5th

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times July 3rd through August 5th

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM

“Life's Question” (w/ live sky tour)

Life flourishes on Earth, begging the question of whether life might exist beyond our planet.  What are the essential elements of life, as we know it?   How did these elements come into existence?  What conditions are favorable to life?  Life's Question delves into these questions and others to explore not only the origins of life on Earth, but also the possibilities for finding life beyond our shores.  Discover the all-important six "CHNOPS" elements that comprise and drive terrestrial life.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

A live sky tour follows the program, featuring constellations, planets, the moon and other items of interest currently visible in the sky, with tips for finding your way around in the heavens on the next clear night, and stories about the stars.

Show times July 3rd through August 5th

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

“The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness”

Imagine a place that is vast, wild and untouched, where some of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles unfold.  For five years, Florian Schulz has lived in and filmed the Arctic to reveal it to audiences around the globe.  Join Florian as he tracks the Porcupine Caribou herd on the longest animal migration on Earth, and witnesses pregnant female polar bears denning along the coastal plain.

Northeastern Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the wildest places left on the planet – a symbol of wilderness that few have ever seen.  “The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness,” the first cinematic exploration of this little-known land, brings you to a world that has evolved intact and wild since the beginning of time.

Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios, distributed by Cosmic Picture, and written and directed by veteran IMAX® producer Myles Connolly and award-winning photographer and cinematographer Florian Schulz.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times July 5th through August 5th

  • Fridays: 8:00 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 July 6th through August 5th

  • Saturdays:8:00 PM

“Beyond the Sun: In search of a new Earth” (w/ live sky tour)

While Celeste is fighting off sleep in her room by reading a book on astronomy she receives an unexpected visit from Moon.  Together, they enjoy a journey through the Universe to discover what exoplanets are and how they can be detected.  On their trip they observe rogue planets, oceanic worlds and super-Earths.  Moon tells her about exoplanet hunters, who observe the sky in search of planets like Earth.  Many adventures are yet to come.  But first, she needs some rest.  Celeste drops off to sleep waiting for the next visit of Moon.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

A live sky tour follows the program, featuring constellations, planets, the moon and other items of interest currently visible in the sky, with tips for finding your way around in the heavens on the next clear night, and stories about the stars.

Show times August 6th through September 2nd

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

We are watery creatures inhabiting a water world—a space oasis speeding between the orbits of Venus and Mars.  Without water we cannot survive, let alone explore interplanetary space.

Water is plentiful on Earth, but space voyagers must bring water with them.  A rocket's weight greatly affects its cost and how far it can travel, so finding water within the Solar System could greatly reduce the cost and difficulty of interplanetary exploration.

This program traces water across the whole Solar System, from deep lunar craters, to the scorching heat of the Venusian atmosphere, to Martian deserts, and the giant planets' frozen satellites.  Come along to discover continent-sized ice floes; vast, hidden oceans; and the icy showers of cryovolcanoes.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times August 6th through September 2nd

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

“Deep Sky” (w/ live sky tour)

The starry sky is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes we can see from Earth.  Thousands of stars dotting the sky above our heads provoke that feeling of infinity and at the same time smallness.  Humans have felt this since we first turned our eyes up to the sky.

But what lies beyond?  If we were able to look farther and farther away and to study this black background of the night, what would we see?

Over the past decades large telescopes and observatories in space have spied the black background of the night and have unearthed a fascinating, dynamic and complex universe…Hundreds, thousands of astronomical objects that were hidden from our view have filled our eyes with an explosion of colors, shapes and unimaginable dimensions.

This modern image of our universe deserves to be told and known by the public.  Come with us and discover our own Deep Sky.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

A live sky tour follows the program, featuring constellations, planets, the moon and other items of interest currently visible in the sky, with tips for finding your way around in the heavens on the next clear night, and stories about the stars.

Show times August 6th through September 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Fridays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

“Serengeti: A Journey to the Heart of Africa”

Come explore the African Serengeti in this beautiful giant screen film.  Encounter one of the world's oldest and most vibrant ecosystems, whose story is told through the million-animal, ever-moving migration of the wildebeest.  Here, each creature, from the smallest insect to the largest land mammal, has an important role to play.  What series of events happened to create this incredible ecosystem?   Can we learn its intricacies to save and protect the Serengeti?  Come see how this extraordinary place came to be.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times August 6th through September 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

“We Are Stars” (w/ live sky tour)

Roll up!  Roll up!  Come inside and experience the universe like never before!  Join the Time Master as he takes you on a journey through space and time.  Discover how the very atoms that make up every one of us were either forged in the hearts of stars or created in their cataclysmic deaths.  See the explosive birth of our universe, watch as stars are born and die, experience the birth of planets and the eventual rise of life.  It is the greatest carnival ride of all time, so roll up and see how we are all stars.

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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times August 6th through September 2nd

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

“Black Hole: First Picture” (w/ live presentation “Black Holes: A Deeper Dive”)

Black Hole First Picture, produced by Cosm Studios in partnership with Radboud University and ESO, details the effort to create the very first picture of a black hole.  For years, the Event Horizon Telescope, a globe-spanning network of radio telescopes with an unrivaled sharpness of vision, has been staring into the hearts of the Milky Way and galaxy Messier 87, gathering the data to construct the first images of the shadows of Sagittarius A* (our galaxy's central supermassive black hole), and the black hole M87*.  Two young astronomers on the EHT team travel to remote locations to take part in this historic scientific mission to see what has never been seen: the warped spacetime surrounding a black hole.

Following the program, “Black Holes: A Deeper Dive” is a live fulldome presentation exploring the nature, types, and sizes of black holes, produced by the Faulkner Planetarium.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times August 6th through September 2nd

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM

“Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker”

Between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, lives a colony of Australian Sea Lions.  In an environment equally as harsh as it is beautiful, be immersed in a classic coming of age tale guided by one of Australia's most unique, intelligent, and playful animals.  Take an intimate journey inside the colony where a life of great intimacy, tenderness, and clumsiness, must often give way to a life of great sacrifice and bravery.  Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup – and meet the people that are trying to save her species.

Show times August 6th through September 2nd

  • Saturdays: 6:00 PM

“The Great Solar System Adventure”

“The Great Solar System Adventure” is a character-led fulldome show that takes the audience on an immersive adventure to experience the dangers and wonders of our Solar System and beyond.

Opening September, 2024