Now Showing at the Faulkner Planetarium

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

TuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays FridaysSaturdays
1:30 3-2-1 Liftoff! The Space Adventures of Elon the Hamster (w/ “A Tale of Scale”) GranPa & Zoe—Mission: Light (w/ live sky tour) 3-2-1 Liftoff! The Space Adventures of Elon the Hamster (w/ “A Tale of Scale”) GranPa & Zoe—Mission: Light (w/ live sky tour) 3-2-1 Liftoff! The Space Adventures of Elon the Hamster (w/ “A Tale of Scale”)
2:30 Ancient Caves* Ancient Caves* Ancient Caves* Ancient Caves* Ancient Caves*
3:30 Unseen Universe (w/ JWST update and live sky tour) The Sun: Our Living Star (w/ live sky tour) Unseen Universe (w/ JWST update and live sky tour) Solar Superstorms* (w/ live sky tour) Unseen Universe (w/ JWST update and live sky tour)
6:00 Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation
7:00 3-2-1 Liftoff! The Space Adventures of Elon the Hamster (w/ “A Tale of Scale”) Ancient Caves* Ancient Caves*
8:00 Space Park 360: Infinity Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation Pink Floyd: The Wall
*Open Captioning available for this show upon request.

“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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times through July 1st

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

Show times July 2nd through August 5th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 & 7:00 PM

“Unseen Universe” (w/ live sky tour)

For millions of years, our view of the heavens has been limited by our eyes, allowing us to only see a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation we call visible light.  For the first time ever, in the greatest breakthrough since the invention of the telescope, we now have the technology to capture the Universe over an amazing width of the spectrum and beyond.  We can even interlink telescopes around the world to capture data on a global scale.

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 through July 1st

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 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 through July 1st

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

“Solar Superstorms” (w/ live sky tour)

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun: high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave 100,000 km high, rising loops of electrified gas.  What's driving these strange phenomena?  How will they affect planet Earth?  Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.

Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the Solar System: coronal mass ejections.

The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the Sun's inner workings, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois.

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 through July 1st

  • Fridays: 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 through July 1st

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 6:00 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.

Open Captioning is available for this program upon request.

Show times through July 1st

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 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 through July 1st

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM

“The Sun: Our Living Star” (w/ live sky tour)

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.

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 through July 1st

  • Wednesdays: 3:30 PM

“Pink Floyd: The Wall”

It's over an hour of the best tunes from the blockbuster album, rendered in amazing fulldome.  Experience "Run Like Hell," "Comfortably Numb," "Young Lust," "Goodbye Blue Sky," "Another Brick in the Wall," and more in immersive, head-spinning graphics.

Show times through July 1st

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM