Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We have a few more regular summer shows on the Saturday mornings listed below. 

In mid-July we will post here and on Facebook our schedule for our August 21 eclipse activities and shows. 

On August 21 the sun-centered show "Eclipse 2017-Our Star, Our Sun" will return. This show will explore our own personal, private star...our sun...what powers it, what sunspots are, how its magnetic field works and how processes deep inside the sun affect our lives. We will also explore the Earth-moon-sun geometry of eclipses, include the geometry of the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

On Monday, August 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. 

In the meantime you can go here to 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.
  3. "Eclipse 2017 - Our Star, Our Sun" »

    Thursday May 18

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

    On August 21, 2017 we will have a great opportunity - weather permitting - to view a solar eclipse. From here in Radford, when our moon passes in front of our sun, we will see 96% of our sun covered. Join us as we explore our own star with the 20-minute full dome show "Sunstruck" from the Michigan Science Center. See what makes our sun shine, learn about sunspots , and how processes deep in the sun influence so much of our lives. We will then explore the geometry of various eclipses, including that of our upcoming eclipse, and will even take a peek at our sun if the sky is clear (using special solar viewing glasses).
  4. "Eclipse 2017 - Our Star, Our Sun" »

    Thursday May 25

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

    On August 21, 2017 we will have a great opportunity - weather permitting - to view a solar eclipse. From here in Radford, when our moon passes in front of our sun, we will see 96% of our sun covered. Join us as we explore our own star with the 20-minute full dome show "Sunstruck" from the Michigan Science Center. See what makes our sun shine, learn about sunspots , and how processes deep in the sun influence so much of our lives. We will then explore the geometry of various eclipses, including that of our upcoming eclipse, and will even take a peek at our sun if the sky is clear (using special solar viewing glasses).
  5. "Eclipse 2017-Our Star, Our Sun" »

    Thursday Jun 1

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

    On August 21, 2017 we will have a great opportunity - weather permitting - to view a solar eclipse. From here in Radford, when our moon passes in front of our sun, we will see 96% of our sun covered. Join us as we explore our own star with the 20-minute full dome show "Sunstruck" from the Michigan Science Center. See what makes our sun shine, learn about sunspots , and how processes deep in the sun influence so much of our lives. We will then explore the geometry of various eclipses, including that of our upcoming eclipse, and will even take a peek at our sun if the sky is clear (using special solar viewing glasses).
  6. "Eclipse 2017 - Our Star, Our Sun" »

    Thursday Jun 8

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

    On August 21, 2017 we will have a great opportunity - weather permitting - to view a solar eclipse. From here in Radford, when our moon passes in front of our sun, we will see 96% of our sun covered. Join us as we explore our own star with the 20-minute full dome show "Sunstruck" from the Michigan Science Center. See what makes our sun shine, learn about sunspots , and how processes deep in the sun influence so much of our lives. We will then explore the geometry of various eclipses, including that of our upcoming eclipse, and will even take a peek at our sun if the sky is clear (using special solar viewing glasses).