Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

Our Regular shows:

  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  we will be closed March 4-12 for Radford University's Spring Break.

It's a solar eclipse! Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

In late April the planetarium will start a series of eclipse-themed shows produced by leading solar scientists. Throughout the summer we will offer these shows during the daytime so that after the shows - weather permitting - we can go outside and safely view the sun with our solar viewing glasses. On Monday, Aug. 21, we will be live streaming from a group led by Radford University Physics faculty member Dr. Michael Freed, who will lead a group to southeastern Tennessee to be in the path of totality. Stay tuned for details (shows will be posted on the planetarium calendar pages in mid-March).

In the meantime you can read more about the eclipse here: http://www.eclipse2017.org/

Planetarium location map
Planetarium location map
  • Location: Center for the Sciences room M75 (Main Street level). Enter through the doors from Parking Lot C. Click on the map for a larger image.
  • All shows are free and everyone is welcome to come join us! 
  • Seating capacity: 55 visitors (this is an absolute fire-code limit)
  • All shows include a tour of the nighttime sky using our full-dome projection system. Some shows will also have a full-dome, professionally produced show on an astronomical topic. The shows are described below.
  • No reservations required for the Tuesday/Thursday 4pm and 7pm shows, or the Saturday 10:30am shows. However, if you have a group of 35 or more please email/call ahead (24+ hours) to be sure there isn't another large group coming for the same show. 
  • We have hearing-assist receivers for our sound system--please bring your own earphones (1/16 inch [3.5mm] stereo jack).
  • No food/drinks allowed in the planetarium!

For more information please contact Planetarium Director Dr. Rhett Herman, rherman@radford.edu

Schedule a Group Visit

During the regular semesters special showings may be arranged for groups with a minimum size of 20. If you have a group that would like to visit the planetarium, please contact Dr. Rhett Herman at rherman@radford.edu (email preferred) or 540-831-5441. Please note that we will try to accommodate these requests based on our availability for the date/time request.

Upcoming Shows

  1. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Tuesday Mar 28

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!
  2. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Tuesday Mar 28

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience "From Earth to the Universe." This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. The show was produced for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre.
  3. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Thursday Mar 30

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!
  4. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Thursday Mar 30

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience "From Earth to the Universe." This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. The show was produced for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre.
  5. "Saturday Kids' Show: Sky tour and 'Space Shapes' " »

    Saturday Apr 1

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Our regular Saturday show especially for kids. The 45-minute total show starts with a tour of the sky and the solar system, showing you these things in amazing detail. Then experience the 9-minute full dome show "Space Shapes" which takes an imaginary rocket voyage to our moon and discusses different round shapes in space for young audiences. "Space Shapes" was produced by participants of the Ott Planetarium Blender Workshop for planetarium animation.
  6. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Tuesday Apr 4

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!