News Release: 12/23/2020

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December 23, 2020

New Faulkner Planetarium Show:

Birth of Planet Earth


Release Date: 12/23/20


TWIN FALLS – The College of Southern Idaho Faulkner Planetarium announces a new show titled, Birth of Planet Earth. The show, from the producers at Spitz, Inc., is narrated by Irish actor Richard Dormer, Game of Thrones “Beric Dondarrion”. The show features cutting-edge scientific visualization by the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ Advanced Visualization Lab to tell the twisted tale of our planet’s origin. Audiences are transported back in time, before the Earth or Sun existed, and traces out major developments along the way as the Sun and solar system are born out of huge complex of gas and dust, with a specific focus on the Earth’s formation. Just how did our planet survive to become the oasis it is today? How did life emerge and gain a foothold; and did it have an effect on the Earth’s ultimate path?


Birth of Planet Earth opens Saturday, January 2; showing at 1:30, 3:30, and 7 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, January 5, showings will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays.


Located in the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, ID, the Faulkner Planetarium is Idaho’s premiere planetarium. Admission prices to planetarium shows are $6 for adults (18 to 59), $5 for seniors (60+), $4 for children (2 to 17), and CSI students with a valid student ID plus children under the age two are admitted for free.


Due to COVID-19 conditions, seating is currently limited to 30 guests per show, social distancing is being practiced within the theater, and face masks are required of all guests visiting the Herrett Center and Faulkner Planetarium.


For more information, including a movie trailer of Birth of Planet Earth and complete show schedules, visit the Herrett Center’s web page at

Rick Greenawald, CSI Faulkner Planetarium Manager
[email protected], 208-732-6659