Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We're back! It's time to get things going for the spring. We will start our regular slate of shows beginning with the 4 p.m. show on Tuesday, Jan. 23. We will have our regular Tuesday and Thursday shows both at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as our Saturday kid-focused shows at 10:30 a.m. 

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. "Galaxy of Women" - Note the special time! »

    Thursday Nov 9

    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Join us as we take a look at the history of women and their role in astronomy throughout history, from the original legends of the first named constellations to modern scientists such as Caroline Herschel and Vera Rubin.
  2. Saturday kids show - Constellations and "Space Shapes" »

    Saturday Nov 11

    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, and hear some fascinating stories about some of the constellations. Fly through space to other worlds, and enjoy the short full dome show "Space Shapes" where you can see a number of shapes that we find when we look into space.
  3. "The Sky's the Limit-History of Constellations" »

    Tuesday Nov 14

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

    Come join our regular sky tour and then experience the full dome show about constellations. Come see the original 48 constellations, and then the addition of others to fill in the southern sky. This program discusses how the constellations change with time as our own location in our galaxy changes. This full dome show was produced by Dr. David Wright at Tidewater Community College, and features original music by Mark C. Peterson of Loch Ness Productions.
  4. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Tuesday Nov 14

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 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!”
  5. "The Sky's the Limit-History of Constellations" »

    Thursday Nov 16

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

    Come join our regular sky tour and then experience the full dome show about constellations. Come see the original 48 constellations, and then the addition of others to fill in the southern sky. This program discusses how the constellations change with time as our own location in our galaxy changes. This full dome show was produced by Dr. David Wright at Tidewater Community College, and features original music by Mark C. Peterson of Loch Ness Productions.
  6. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Thursday Nov 16

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 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!”