Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

Get ready for the August 21 Eclipse Celebration
Rain or shine!

Event flyer

We are gearing up for a rain-or-shine eclipse celebration at the Radford University Planetarium. This event will be held from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Center for the Sciences building and will include the following:

  • Parking will be in Parking Lot E, across University Drive bridge. This gives a short 5-minute walk back to the Center for the Sciences building. See the parking map/link below. 
  • Live video conferencing with a Radford University group of faculty and student researchers near Nashville who are in the path of totality as part of the nationwide Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse) research project: http://eclipse2017.nso.edu/citizen-cate/  
  • The sun-centered show "Eclipse 2017-Our Star, Our Sun" will be shown throughout the day. 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 explore the Earth-moon-sun geometry of eclipses and answer questions such as why eclipses don't occur every month!
  • We will give away free eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last.
  • We will have hands on activities hosted by our partners in this event:
    • Wine & Design Christiansburg
    • Radford City Public Library
    • Blacksburg Children's Museum
    • Radford City Public Schools
    • Radford University' Museum of the Earth Sciences

More details will follow here and on our Facebook page. You can go here to 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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"Stellar Origins"

Tuesday Apr 25

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

What are we made of? Where did that stuff come from? How are we here? These are questions that have been asked by humanity throughout the ages. Many answers have been given by many different schools of thought, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that we’ve been able to provide a scientific answer; stars. Come join us in our planetarium as we fly deep into the cosmos and witness the life and death of the celestial furnaces responsible for all that we see. We will explore the early stages of a star’s life, how it sustains itself, its eventual death, and what that means for life in the universe as we know it.