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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: Our final regular show of the spring semester will be on Saturday, April 29.
It's a solar eclipse! Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
In May 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. The dates for these eclipse-themed shows will be posted in late April.
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 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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Saturday Sep 6
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Dinosaur Prophecy examines the deaths of the dominant and ferocious creatures, which tell of the Earth's enormous power and potential for dramatic and devastating change. Each disaster that affected the dinosaurs is a warning for human survival. Viewers discover the lives of multiple species of dinosaurs, from the Coelophysis of 205 million years ago to the Allosaurus and Diplodocus of the mid-Jurassic period.
The planetarium show The Dinosaur Prophecy is a co-production of the Rice Space Institute and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, funded by NASA's Office of Earth Science under the "Immersive Earth" project, NASA cooperative agreement NCC5-316. Other production partners include Home Run Pictures and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.