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

  1. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Thursday Apr 20

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!
  2. "Steller Origins" »

    Thursday Apr 20

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    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.
  3. "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" »

    Saturday Apr 22

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Especially appropriate for younger audiences, ages 3-7 in particular! The show follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. "One, World, One Sky" is a production of Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center and was produced with major support from the National Science Foundation.
  4. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Tuesday Apr 25

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!
  5. "Stellar Origins" »

    Tuesday Apr 25

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    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.
  6. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Thursday Apr 27

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!