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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.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com (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.
Thursday Apr 20
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.