Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

Our Regular shows:

  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  we will be closed March 4-12 for Radford University's Spring Break.

It's a solar eclipse! Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

In late April the planetarium will start a series of eclipse-themed shows produced by leading solar scientists. Throughout the summer we will offer these shows during the daytime so that after the shows - weather permitting - we can go outside and safely view the sun with our solar viewing glasses. On Monday, Aug. 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 mid-March).

In the meantime you can read more about the eclipse here: http://www.eclipse2017.org/

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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