The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Coming Soon to the Faulkner Planetarium

"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 November 1st through December 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM

"National Parks Adventure"

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes you on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.  Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches.  Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America's majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

Show times November 1st through December 2nd

  • Fridays: 8:00 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 November 1st through the 28th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

Show times November 29th through December 2nd

  • Fridays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 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!

"Dinosaurios al Atardecer: Los Orígenes del Vuelo"

Realice un viaje de fantasía a la era mesozoica para compartir los cielos con pterosaurios y otros reptiles voladores, y explore los orígenes del vuelo, así como el largo reinado de los dinosaurios hasta un final cataclísmico.  (Producido por Mirage3D.)

Horarios del programa del 1 al 28 de noviembre:

  • Sábados 4:30 pm

"CapCom Go! – The Apollo Story" (w/ live sky tour)

An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first humans on the Moon.  This show is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th Apollo 11 anniversary in 2019.

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 November 1st through the 28th

  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

Show times November 29th through December 2nd

  • Fridays: 4:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

"Mars 1001"

An international crew of astronauts is about to embark on the first interplanetary journey in history, the first manned mission to the surface of Mars.  Reporter Miles O'Brien is reporting live from his Space Headquarters TV Studio in New York while events unfold for the crew on their 1001-day long mission.

We will witness firsthand their brave attempts to put human footprints on Mars and return safely to Earth.  This journey is made possible by the biggest engineering feat ever and loaded with scientific experiments.  The explorers will be extending our knowledge of Mars and will be learning whether or not mankind has a future among the stars.

Experience the thrill of the grandest mission of exploration ever undertaken!

Show times November 1st through December 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"Let It Snow!"

Itís a holiday treat for the eyes and ears, featuring festive fulldome video images choreographed to classic Christmas music.  Enjoy seasonal tunes by Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives, Brenda Lee, and more, with a finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  This family program is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Show times November 29th through December 2nd

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

“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.

Opening December 26th