The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in 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 through December 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM

“Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight” (w/ live sky tour)

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what's over the horizon…is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to nine billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.

Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?

Join narrator Sean Bean on a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future, based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics.  How far can our technology take us?

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 November 28th

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

Show times November 29th through December 2nd

  • Fridays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 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 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 through November 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 hasta el 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 through November 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 through December 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda" (w/ live sky tour)

Poor beautiful princess Andromeda, she is going to be sacrificed to Cetus, a sea monster, in punishment for her mother's bragging.  Just what did her mother, Queen Cassiopeia, do to bring this on?  It seems that Andromeda needs a hero, but who will come to save her?  Could it be the dashing Perseus?  He is currently on a daring mission to defeat the awful Medusa.  Just who is this Perseus?  What is his backstory?  Experience the mythological tale of Perseus, Andromeda, Cetus, Cepheus, and Cassiopeia in this delightful and fun-filled retelling of the Greek story that ties these constellations together.

A tour of the current night sky will follow the movie and will concentrate on how to locate these constellations in the fall sky as well as the current positions of the visible planets and other objects of interest for casual observers.

Show times through November 28th

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

Show times November 28th through December 2nd

  • Fridays: 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM