Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We're Back!

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.

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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"The Sky's the Limit-History of Constellations"

Thursday Nov 16

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come join our regular sky tour and then experience the full dome show about constellations. Come see the original 48 constellations, and then the addition of others to fill in the southern sky. This program discusses how the constellations change with time as our own location in our galaxy changes. This full dome show was produced by Dr. David Wright at Tidewater Community College, and features original music by Mark C. Peterson of Loch Ness Productions.