Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We've come to the end of the spring semester and the end of our regular shows. Thanks to everyone who came by to enjoy the experiences that we can offer. Throughout the summer, if you have a group (10 or more) that would like to visit the planetarium, please contact Dr. R. Herman, rherman@radford.edu, to schedule this. Most of these will be Monday-Thursday between 10am-4pm. However, there may be possibilities for other times for larger groups (20 or more). At some point circumstances may allow for some regular shows to be scheduled. If that happens, that will be posted here and on the Radford University Planetarium Facebook page

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.

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. "Dark" »

    Thursday Oct 19

    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.
  2. "Saturday kids show" »

    Saturday Oct 21

    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.
  3. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Tuesday Oct 24

    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!
  4. "Dark" »

    Tuesday Oct 24

    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.
  5. "The Sky's the Limit" »

    Thursday Oct 26

    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!
  6. "Dark" »

    Thursday Oct 26

    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.