Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We will return to action at the end of January! Thanks to everyone who came by for a show this past year. We had over 5,100 visitors in 232 separate shows during 2018, with visitors coming for both our regular shows as well as a number of special and group shows. It's always fun to see a crowd show up for any of our events. The start of the spring schedule will be posted here after mid-January.

Visitors: Free parking is available in Parking Lots C and B (next to the planetarium) after 6 p.m. 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. Please see the map below. 

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 
  • 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 Monday/Wednesday 4pm, and Tuesday/Thursday 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. 
  • Parking for the 4pm shows: 
    • There are 4 metered spaces in Lots C and B, next to the Center for the Sciences. 
    • There are also several metered spaces in the portion of Parking Lot A that lies directly between Martin Hall and Main Street. 
    • You can also pick up a free parking day pass by dropping by the Radford University Parking office in Heth Hall, or the Radford University Police Station (intersection of University Drive and Main Street). 
  • 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. "Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter" »

    Monday Mar 18

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

    From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent cosmos, "Phantom of the Universe" is a fulldome planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. This show is a collaboration of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, Michigan State University, IFIC at University of Valencia, as well as other institutions. It is narrated by Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton.
  2. "Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter" »

    Tuesday Mar 19

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

    From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent cosmos, "Phantom of the Universe" is a fulldome planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. This show is a collaboration of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, Michigan State University, IFIC at University of Valencia, as well as other institutions. It is narrated by Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton.
  3. "Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter" »

    Wednesday Mar 20

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

    From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent cosmos, "Phantom of the Universe" is a fulldome planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. This show is a collaboration of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, Michigan State University, IFIC at University of Valencia, as well as other institutions. It is narrated by Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton.
  4. "Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter" »

    Thursday Mar 21

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

    From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent cosmos, "Phantom of the Universe" is a fulldome planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. This show is a collaboration of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, Michigan State University, IFIC at University of Valencia, as well as other institutions. It is narrated by Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton.
  5. "Saturday kids' show + 'Story Time from Space' " »

    Saturday Mar 23

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

    Start with a tour of the nighttime sky, seeing the stars, constellations, and planets that are visible in the sky now. Then sit back and enjoy "Story Time From Space" as astronauts on the International Space Station read stories to you! They will also tell you a bit about their lives and their work on this amazing orbiting science platform. "Story Time from Space" is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation.
  6. "Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter" »

    Monday Mar 25

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

    From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent cosmos, "Phantom of the Universe" is a fulldome planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. This show is a collaboration of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, Michigan State University, IFIC at University of Valencia, as well as other institutions. It is narrated by Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton.