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.

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. "Stellar Origins" »

    Thursday Apr 27

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

    Saturday Apr 29

    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.