About the Planetarium
We are open during the fall and spring semesters when Radford University is open. The RU Planetarium is located on the ground floor of Curie Hall in Room 43. The main entrance to the planetarium is through the doors to the courtyard between Curie Hall and Martin Hall. A campus map showing these locations are here. This map shows Parking Lots B and C where you are welcome to park for the nighttime and Saturday morning shows. If you are coming with a group (in a bus or a large van) as part of a Science Day tour then you should park in Lot A. Please contact Dr. Herman at email@example.com for more information about this.
The Radford University Planetarium was constructed in 1970 when Curie Hall was built. The planetarium star projector is a Spitz/Goto Planetarium SG-8 Projector from Goto Optical Mfg. of Tokyo, Japan. There are 32 reclined planetarium seats within the 24-foot diameter dome; an additional 15 free-standing seats are in the planetarium to accommodate larger groups. In addition to the star projector, we have a Newtonian mirror-based full-dome projector for our professionally produced multimedia shows.
The planetarium is used for teaching in several classes including Astronomy, Solar System Astronomy, Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology, and various Physical Science classes. It is especially familiar to those majors in the department who choose the Physics Major--Earth and Space Science Option. Past student projects involving the planetarium have included developing programs around specific topics for use
We are also glad to make special arrangements for school groups, scout groups, etc., who might want to visit the planetarium at times other than our regular showtimes. If you have a group that would like to see our planetarium, please contact Dr. Rhett Herman, or email Dr. Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Help Support the Planetarium
The Department of Physics is pleased to offer our planetarium shows for free to anyone who visits us. You can now help support this continuing endeavor through your gift to the Radford University Planetarium through the Radford University Foundation. You can make a gift directly to the RU Planetarium by clicking on this link. Where you are asked, "Please allocate my gift to:" please select "Other" from the pulldown menu and type "RU Planetarium" into the adjacent space. All funds donated will go for direct support of our planetarium show offerings. Thank you for coming to the shows, and for your continued support.