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

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"Eclipse 2017-Our Star, Our Sun"

Thursday Jun 1

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).