Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

Our Regular shows in the next few weeks will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

The first of these shows will be Thursday, May 18.

This will be the sun-centered show "Eclipse 2017-Our Star, Our Sun." This show will explore our own personal, private star...our sun...what powers it, what sunspots are, how its magnetic field works and how processes deep inside the sun affect our lives. We will also explore the Earth-moon-sun geometry of eclipses, include the geometry of the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

For the next few weeks we will be running this eclipse-themed show on Thursday evenings. After the first week of June some additional shows will be scheduled. Check the calendar below for updates. 

Note: If the weather permits, we can go outside and safely view the sun with our solar viewing glasses. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies after the shows!

On Monday, August 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 late April).

In the meantime you can read more about the eclipse.

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

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"Eclipse 2017 - Our Star, Our Sun"

Thursday May 25

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

On August 21, 2017 we will have a great opportunity - weather permitting - to view a solar eclipse. From here in Radford, when our moon passes in front of our sun, we will see 96% of our sun covered. Join us as we explore our own star with the 20-minute full dome show "Sunstruck" from the Michigan Science Center. See what makes our sun shine, learn about sunspots , and how processes deep in the sun influence so much of our lives. We will then explore the geometry of various eclipses, including that of our upcoming eclipse, and will even take a peek at our sun if the sky is clear (using special solar viewing glasses).