The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

“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.

Show times through March 2nd

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

Show times March 3rd through the 20th

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

Show times March 21st through the 28th (Spring Break)

  • Saturday, March 21st: 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 24th: 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 25th: 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 26th: 3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 27th: 3:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 28th: 8:00 PM

"Astronaut" (w/ bonus action short "Wall of China" and live sky tour)

Mankindís greatest endeavor is the exploration of space.  What does it take to become an astronaut, and participate in the incredible journey?  Find out in the this program by experiencing a rocket launch from inside an astronaut's body.  Explore both inner and outer space in this exciting show.  Join test astronaut "Chad" as he's subjected to the perils lurking beyond Earth's protective atmosphere and magnetic field.  Does Chad have the right stuff?  Would you?

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 March 2nd

  • Fridays: 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.

"Dinosaurs at Dusk: The Origins of Flight"

Take a fantasy trip back to the Mesozoic era to share the skies with pterosaurs and other flying reptiles, and explore the origins of flight, as well as what brought the dinosaurs' long reign to a cataclysmic end.  (From Mirage3D.)

Show times through March 2nd

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

"Legends of the Night Sky: Orion" (with live sky tour)

An imaginative look at the stories and legends about Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky.

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

Show times through March 2nd

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

"We Are Stars" (with bonus action short "Wall of China" and live sky tour)

Roll up!  Roll up!  Come inside and experience the universe like never before!  Join the Time Master as he takes you on a journey through space and time.  Discover how the very atoms that make up every one of us were either forged in the hearts of stars or created in their cataclysmic deaths.  See the explosive birth of our universe, watch as stars are born and die, experience the birth of planets and the eventual rise of life.  It is the greatest carnival ride of all time, so roll up and see how we are all stars.

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 March 2nd

  • Saturdays: 6:00 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.

"Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos" (with live sky tour)

Few things appear more peaceful than a quiet, starry sky.  Year after year the same stars return, apparently inhabiting a tranquil and unchanging universe.  Yet terrific, unseen forces shape the cosmos.  Galaxies collide; supernova explosions rip stars apart, blasting deadly gamma rays across space; black holes in the hearts of galaxies devour whole stars; asteroids and comets streak past, occasionally crashing into Earth and catastrophically disrupting its ecosystems.  In reality, the universe is a violent and dangerous place.  What dangers lurk out there, and how safe is our planet?

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 March 2nd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM