The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"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 through December 23rd

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

Show times December 24th through the 30th

  • Tuesday, December 24th: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 26th: 2:30 PM
  • Friday, December 27th: 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 28th: 2:30 PM

"Beyond the Sun: In search of a new Earth"

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.

Show times through December 30th

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

"The Star of Bethlehem" (w/ live sky tour)

The age-old mystery of the Star of Bethlehem is explored in this Christmas planetarium program.  Travel back in time to the Middle East and delve into the writings of the time, including scripture from the Bible, to search for clues to add to our modern scientific knowledge of the nature of the heavens above to see if there might be some natural explanation the star's appearance.  Can the star be understood scientifically, or is its explanation only to be found in realm of the miraculous?

Note: This program has strong religious content.

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 December 23rd

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

Show times December 24th through the 30th

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 PM

"Dream to Fly" (w/ bonus action short "Wall of China")

Have you ever had a dream that you were flying?  What does it take to break the bonds of Earth and soar like a bird?  Explore humankindís quest for flight including the ancient myths of Aladdin on his flying carpet, the vimanas—mechanical winged flying machines—of ancient Sanskrit writings, the kites of ancient China, Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific study of wings and drawings of flying machines, and the pioneers of actual flight: Franceís Montgolfier brothers, Englandís George Cayley, Germanyís Otto Lilienthal and the United States' Wright brothers.  Learn how history also shaped the early days of powered aviation with the advent of World Wars.  This poetic and visually stunning show takes you on a journey from the time when humans could only dream of flying to our modern day world where all one needs to fly is a ticket.  Have you ever dreamed of flying?

Show times through December 30th

  • Saturdays: 8:00 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.

"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 23rd

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 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 30th

  • Fridays: 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 December 30th

  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM