About the Shows

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The Violent Universe by Evans & Sutherland
The Violent Universe by Evans & Sutherland

The Violent Universe

Comets, asteroids, and meteors hurtling through space. Stars collapsing under their own gravity. Infernos of nuclear energy releasing their deadly radiation across the universe. Witness the raw power of the cosmos in this thrilling show that gives you a front-row seat to watch as worlds collide! Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. This show is produced by Evans & Sutherland.

Seven Wonders by Evans & Sutherland
Seven Wonders by Evans & Sutherland

Seven Wonders

Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they appeared thousands of years ago. Explore the Great Pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world's Seven Wonders. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created, and get a glimpse of some of the universe's greatest wonders. Winner of four Telly Awards and two Communicator Awards. Narrated by Sean Bean, of The Lord of the Rings films. This show is produced by Evans & Sutherland. 

Secret Lives of Stars by Evans & Sutherland
Secret Lives of Stars by Evans & Sutherland

Secret Lives of Stars 

 

 

Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. Winner of 4 Telly Awards.

 

 

Produced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center, with major support from the National Science Foundation
Produced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center, with major support from the National Science Foundation

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

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. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set. 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.

 

 

solar system montage by NASA

solar system montage courtesy of NASA

Night Sky Tour

Come tour the nightime sky with our new fully-digital dome! See what stars and constellations are up at this time of the year so that you can go out and find them for yourself. Learn why we named the constellations in the first place. Learn if you really are a Gemini! Take a tour of our solar system or our broader universe. The sky is truly the limit!

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If you have any questions about the planetarium, please contact Dr. Rhett Herman at (540) 831-5441 (office phone), (540) 831-5652 (the Department of Physics), rherman@radford.edu, or through Dr. Herman's webpage.