Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

Our Regular shows:

  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. (starts Thurs. Jan. 26)
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. (starts Thurs. Jan. 26)
  • Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (starts Sat. Jan. 28)

Note that we will be closed March 4-12 for Radford University's Spring Break.

It's a solar eclipse! Monday, August 21, 2017

In late April 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. 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. Stay tuned for details (shows will be posted on the planetarium calendar pages in mid-March).

In the meantime you can read more about the eclipse here: http://www.eclipse2017.org/

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 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. 
  • 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. "The Sky's The Limit" »

    Tuesday Feb 21

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!
  2. "Stellar Origins" »

    Tuesday Feb 21

    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.
  3. "The Sky's The Limit" »

    Thursday Feb 23

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!
  4. "Stellar Origins" »

    Thursday Feb 23

    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.
  5. "Saturday Kids' Show: Earth's Wild Ride" »

    Saturday Feb 25

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

    Our regular Saturday show especially for kids. The 45-minute total show starts with a tour of the sky and the solar system, showing you these things in amazing detail. This is followed by "Earth's Wild Ride," a 20-minute full dome show which imagines Earth as a distant place you once called home but could never visit again. What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren? Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and granddaughter and grandson watch a solar eclipse from scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. As they watch the Moon's shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. "Earth's Wild Ride" was produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project.
  6. "The Sky's The Limit" »

    Tuesday Feb 28

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Come join us as we take you through the night sky, the solar system and the universe for these afternoon shows. Each show will be a bit different and you never know where you'll go!