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Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium
We're finally able to restart the planetarium shows this semester. We will start on Tuesday, September 12. Our shows will be the usual Tuesday and Thursday at both 4pm and 7pm, and then Saturday at 10:30 am (kids shows).
The first few Tuesday/Thursday shows (both the 4pm and 7pm shows) will concentrate on what's up in the sky now, including the fall constellations and planets. These shows will also fly you around in space just a bit (for fun!). The Saturday morning shows will be for younger kids, and we will start again with "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" on Saturday, September 16. We are working on piecing together another kids show and hope to have that up by the first week in October. Stay tuned for more information on that show.
Free parking is available in Parking Lots C and B (next to the planetarium) after 6pm 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.
- 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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Tuesday Oct 17
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
DARK is a fulldome show that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years.
Produced by Peter Morse & Paul Bourke, Dark is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, an astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia who creates simulations of Dark Matter evolution inside supercomputers.