Coming Attractions at the Faulkner Planetarium

Coming to the Faulkner Planetarium

“Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum” (w/ live sky tour)

“Cosmic Colors” (w/ live sky tour)

The universe is awash in radio waves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, microwaves, x-rays, and gamma rays, pouring forth from various celestial objects.  So, what do all of these forms of electromagnetic energy have in common, and what makes them different?  Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and common, everyday occurrences and uses of these forms of energy in this fast-paced adventure.

After the program, a live show presenter will show you the stars, constellations, and planets currently visible in the evening and pre-dawn skies, and tell some of the ancient stories about them.

Show times March 1st through the 20th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

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.

Show times March 1st through the 25th

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

“Earth, Moon & Sun” (w/ 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 1st through the 25th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 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 1st through the 25th

  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

“Solar System Odyssey”

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.

Show times March 21st through the 25th

  • Thursday, March 21st: 2:30 PM
  • Friday, March 22nd: 2:30 PM

“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 March 21st through April 1st

  • Thursday, March 21st: 3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 22nd: 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 26th: 3:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 30th: 3:30 PM

“3-2-1 Liftoff!”

Hamster scientist Elon lives in a junk yard.  He tries to fit in with the local rats' community but nobody takes him or his (frequently unsuccessful) scientific experiments seriously.

One day, with a loud crash, a crater appears in his garden with a damaged robot inside.  How did he get here?  Elon fixes the robot, discovering that he fell from a spaceship readying for a mission to colonize Mars.

With the ship leaving in three days, can Elon return the robot to his friends onboard the ship before its departure?  Find out in this animated adventure about the courage and wits needed to get to space and back.

Show times March 26th through April 1st

  • Tuesday, March 26th: 1:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 27th: 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 28th: 1:30 PM
  • Friday, March 29th: 1:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 30th: 1:30 & 7:00 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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times March 26th through April 1st

  • Wednesday, March 27th: 2:30 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.

Show times March 26th through April 1st

  • Wednesday, March 27th: 3:30 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 March 26th through April 1st

  • Thursday, March 28th: 2:30 PM

“The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure”

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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times March 26th through April 1st

  • Thursday, March 28th: 3:30 PM

“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 a rare natural wonder and spectacle of life: coral spawning.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times March 26th through April 1st

  • Friday, March 29th: 2:30 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.

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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times March 26th through April 1st

  • Friday, March 29th: 3:30 PM

“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 March 26th through April 1st

  • Saturday, March 30th: 6:00 PM

“Ancient Caves”

“Ancient Caves” brings science and adventure together as it follows paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley on a mission to unlock the secrets of Earth's climate in the most unlikely of places: caves.   Moseley and her team of cave explorers travel the world exploring vast underground worlds in search of stalagmite samples—geologic “fingerprints”—that reveal clues about the planet's climate history.  Their quest leads them to some of the world's most remote caves, both above and below the water, in France, Iceland, the Bahamas, the U.S., and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where they study how rapidly Earth's climate can change, and how it has affected human civilization.  Together, they go where very few humans will ever go, revealing the incredible lengths scientists will go to study the unknown.

A MacGillivray Freeman Films presentation of an Oceanic Research Group Films production with support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.

Opens May 28th, 2024