Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

Let's do Fridays! Starting on Friday, March 22, we're going to add a 4 p.m. Friday afternoon show! Start your weekend off knowing what you can see in the nighttime sky, and then explore what dark matter is in "Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter." 

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. No Show - building maintenance (this weekend only)

    Saturday Apr 20

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

  2. "Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South" »

    Monday Apr 22

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

    This special event will feature author and professor Rick Van Noy discussing his book "Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South." This book shares the personal stories of those who are already being impacted by climate change.
  3. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Tuesday Apr 23

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

    A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience "From Earth to the Universe." This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. The show was produced for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre.
  4. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Wednesday Apr 24

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

    A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience "From Earth to the Universe." This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. The show was produced for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre.
  5. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Thursday Apr 25

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

    A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience "From Earth to the Universe." This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. The show was produced for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre.
  6. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Friday May 3

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

    “Dark Side of the Moon” is the realized vision of the classic 1973 rock album produced by Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium. This is not a laser show but rather a full-dome visualization of the entire 43 minutes of the Pink Floyd masterpiece. Sit back and enjoy our 5.1 Surround Sound system as it takes you on a journey that can only be described as “trippy!”