Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We're back! It's time to get things going for the spring. We will start our regular slate of shows beginning with the 4 p.m. show on Tuesday, Jan. 23. We will have our regular Tuesday and Thursday shows both at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as our Saturday kid-focused shows at 10:30 a.m. 

Free parking is available in Parking Lots C and B (next to the planetarium) after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. For the Tuesday/Thursday afternoon shows there are a couple of meters in Lots C and B. However, it's best to park in Lot E across University Drive bridge and then take the 5-minute walk back over the bridge to the planetarium.

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, contact Planetarium Director Dr. Rhett Herman at 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 and time requested.

Upcoming Shows

  1. "The Sky's the Limit + 'Cosmic Origins Spectrograph' " »

    Thursday Apr 19

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

    This will include a sky show plus a full dome look at the origins of our universe! “Cosmic Origins Spectrograph” is a 28-minute full dome look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. The show covers the basics of spectroscopy, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of the large scale structure of our universe.
  2. "The Sky's the Limit + 'Cosmic Origins Spectrograph' " »

    Thursday Apr 19

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

    This will include a sky show plus a full dome look at the origins of our universe! “Cosmic Origins Spectrograph” is a 28-minute full dome look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. The show covers the basics of spectroscopy, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of the large scale structure of our universe.
  3. "Saturday Kids Show - Flight Adventures" »

    Saturday Apr 21

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

    A great show for our elementary and middle school visitors. You will start out with a live tour of the nighttime sky and fly out into space. Then experience this 20-minute multi-media show from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. “Flight Adventures” introduces children and families to the science, technology, and history of flight. The show features NASA’s research and the advancements that have made space travel possible, along with the important role that models have played in flight development. NASA resources include images and experts. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and WFYI Productions with funding through NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums.
  4. "Saturday Kids Show - Flight Adventures" »

    Saturday Apr 28

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

    A great show for our elementary and middle school visitors. You will start out with a live tour of the nighttime sky and fly out into space. Then experience this 20-minute multi-media show from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. “Flight Adventures” introduces children and families to the science, technology, and history of flight. The show features NASA’s research and the advancements that have made space travel possible, along with the important role that models have played in flight development. NASA resources include images and experts. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and WFYI Productions with funding through NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums.