Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We've come to the end of the spring semester and the end of our regular shows. Thanks to everyone who came by to enjoy the experiences that we can offer. Throughout the summer, if you have a group (10 or more) that would like to visit the planetarium, please contact Dr. R. Herman, rherman@radford.edu, to schedule this. Most of these will be Monday-Thursday between 10am-4pm. However, there may be possibilities for other times for larger groups (20 or more). At some point circumstances may allow for some regular shows to be scheduled. If that happens, that will be posted here and on the Radford University Planetarium Facebook page

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 + 'Violent Universe' " »

    Thursday Apr 26

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

    Comets, asteroids, and meteors hurtling through space. Stars collapsing under their own gravity. Infernos of nuclear energy releasing their deadly radiation across the universe. Witness the raw power of the cosmos in this thrilling show that gives you a front-row seat to watch as worlds collide! Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. This show is produced by Evans & Sutherland.
  2. "Secret Lives of Stars" »

    Thursday Apr 26

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

    Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. Winner of 4 Telly Awards.
  3. "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.