Welcome to the Radford University Planetarium

We've come to the end of the summer and are closed until early September, once the regular fall semester starts for Radford University. We really enjoyed all of the summer groups that we were able to host, and look forward to seeing everyone this coming fall. Look for our regular shows to restart then, along with some special additional shows and events. 

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.

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. No Show-Radford University Spring Break

    Thursday Mar 8

    All day

  2. No Show-Radford University Spring Break

    Saturday Mar 10

    All day

  3. “The Sky’s the Limit” + “Galaxy of Women”  »

    Tuesday Mar 13

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Last-minute update! The 10-minute show “Breakthrough: Portraits of Women in Science” will be showing tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, from 4-6pm. This is part of the Artis College of Science and Technology's "Women in Science" celebration, which is part of the Radford University-wide Women's History Month Celebrations. This event is coordinated by Dr. Sara O’Brien in the Department of Biology. This is open for everyone. Feel free to just walk in as this 10-minute show loops during those two hours. And wander around to check out other things happening in the lobby area, and on campus.
  4. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Tuesday Mar 13

    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 + 'From Earth to the Universe' " »

    Thursday Mar 15

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

    A sky show plus a grand tour of the universe! “From Earth to the Universe” is an absolute tour de force, a freely-distributed show produced for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre. 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.
  6. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Thursday Mar 15

    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!”