The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming to the Faulkner Planetarium

“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.

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 February 5th through March 21st

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

“Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” (w/ live sky tour)

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 February 5th through March 21st

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

“SpacePark 360: Infinity”

Travel the universe from the seat of virtual thrill rides set to the music of indie/alternative artist Maggie Smith, in nine exotic, extraterrestrial locations. And you get to choose the order!

Show times February 5th through March 18th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

“Solar System Odyssey” (w/ live sky tour)

Sometime in the future…

A time has come when humans have depleted our home planet's resources.  Multi-billionaire business tycoon Warren Trout, seeking to secure new frontiers for Trout Enterprises, recruits former Space Fleet Command pilot Jack Larsen for a mission to find a suitable extraterrestrial location for human colonization.  Now Jack finds himself searching the solar system, but he isn’t alone.  It seems that Trout’s daughter, Ashley, has stowed away onboard his spaceship.  Together they embark upon a wild ride through the solar system trying to answer these questions: How are the worlds of the solar system alike?  How are they different?  What features must a world possess for humans to live there?

Will Larson and Ashley find a suitable location?  Will they even survive this mission?  Find out in this action-packed adventure.

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 March 17th through the 21st

  • Thursday, March 17th: 1:30 PM
  • Friday, March 18th: 1:30 PM

“Perfect Little Planet” (w/ “Sunny Bunnies on the Moon”)

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 March 17th and 18th

  • Thursday, March 17th: 3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 18th: 3:30 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!

“Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation”

Join National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter on a dangerous quest to see active volcanoes up close, from within their seething throats. Peter's up-close footage of roiling lava lakes, explosive shock waves, and deadly lava bombs will take your breath away.

Show times starting March 19th

  • Saturdays: 6:00 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 March 19th through May 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

“GranPa & Zoe – Mission: Light” (w/ live sky tour)

A typical day for GranPa and Zoe in the Australian outback is interrupted when GranPa's old nemesis, Bogbog, attempts to block sunlight from reaching Earth.  It's up to GranPa and Zoe to put a stop to Bogbog's diabolical scheme.  Exploring and utilizing different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, the heroes hope to foil Bogbog while delving into the nature of color and light, and save the day.

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 March 22nd through the 28th (Spring Break Week)

  • Tuesday, March 22nd: 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 22nd: 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 22nd: 1:30 PM
  • Friday, March 22nd: 1:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 22nd: 1:30 PM

Show times March 29th through May 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 & 6:00 PM

“Earth, Moon & Sun” (w/ “Wall of China” & live sky tour)

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit and thinks he knows a lot about the sky, but as it turns out, he’s a little confused.  Coyote, adapted from American Indian oral tradition, gets set straight with his many misconceptions about lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles of the sky.  What is the nature of the sun and moon?  How do their movements and interactions affect their appearance in the sky?  Find out in this entertaining and informative family program.

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 March 22nd through the 28th (Spring Break Week)

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM

Bonus action short:
“Wall of China”

The Great Wall of China, a magnificent architectural wonder.  Wouldn't it be relaxing to experience this marvel from the seat of a rickshaw?  Sit back as your personal cyclist does the work while you take in the scenery.  Up and down the undulating hills, around the bends and curves, what could possibly go wrong?  What could go wrong?!  Just about everything, when a rickshaw goes out of control.  Will you survive the Wall of China?  Probably, but you might not ever forget the experience.

“Ningaloo: Australia's Other Great Reef”

A magical expedition with a 24-year-old marine biologist, Anna Cresswell, reveals intimate secrets of one of the world’s largest fringing coral reefs, stretching 260 km along the northwest coast of Western Australia and visible from space.  Travel in a two-person submarine, Odyssea, on an underwater adventure to explore an environment rich in coral, a highway for the planet's largest and smallest fish, including the whale shark.
This live action, fulldome film is an immersive voyage of discovery as we witness Ningaloo Reef and the rare natural wonder and spectacle of life – coral spawning.

Show times March 22nd through May 2nd

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

“The Sun: Our Living Star”

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years.  The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived.  It is our nearest star and our planet's powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.  The passage of the Sun's fiery disc across the sky – day by day, month by month – was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations.  Don't be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.  Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun's violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

Show times March 29th through May 2nd

  • Fridays: 7:00 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?

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 March 29th through May 2nd

  • Saturdays: 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.

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.

Coming in 2022

“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.

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.

Coming in 2022