Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We will be finishing up the semester with our traditional Christmas show starting on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The upcoming shows for that Tuesday, and for the next two weeks, will be "Season of Light", which describes the legends associated with the stars that appear during the Christmas season such as Orion the Hunter, Taurus the Bull and Leo the Lion. The show also includes the Star of Bethlehem, Jolly Old Saint Nick, holiday lights and candles. Presents and festivals are also explored in this festive show. This 35-minute show is narrated by Noah Adams of NPR's "All Things Considered."

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, contact Planetarium Director Dr. Rhett Herman at 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 and time requested.

Upcoming Shows

  1. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Thursday Oct 12

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

    Join us as we see what's up in the night sky this fall season, including the stars, constellations, and planets. We will then take off from Earth and fly around the universe, starting with our solar system and working our way further out. You never know exactly where you will end up!
  2. "Dark" »

    Thursday Oct 12

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

    DARK is a fulldome show that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years. Produced by Peter Morse & Paul Bourke, Dark is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, an astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia who creates simulations of Dark Matter evolution inside supercomputers.
  3. "Saturday kids show" »

    Saturday Oct 14

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

    Especially for younger audiences, come with us on a tour of the sky, learn about the constellations that you can see at this time of the year. fly through space to other worlds, and enjoy a short full dome show that will stimulate the senses.
  4. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Tuesday Oct 17

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

    Join us as we see what's up in the night sky this fall season, including the stars, constellations, and planets. We will then take off from Earth and fly around the universe, starting with our solar system and working our way further out. You never know exactly where you will end up!
  5. "Dark" »

    Tuesday Oct 17

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

    DARK is a fulldome show that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years. Produced by Peter Morse & Paul Bourke, Dark is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, an astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia who creates simulations of Dark Matter evolution inside supercomputers.
  6. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Thursday Oct 19

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

    Join us as we see what's up in the night sky this fall season, including the stars, constellations, and planets. We will then take off from Earth and fly around the universe, starting with our solar system and working our way further out. You never know exactly where you will end up!