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. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Tuesday Feb 20

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 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.
  2. "The Sky's the Limit + 'From Earth to the Universe' " »

    Thursday Feb 22

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

    A sky show plus a ground 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.
  3. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Thursday Feb 22

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 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.
  4. "Saturday Kids Show - One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" »

    Saturday Feb 24

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

    For our youngest audiences! Come join us as we take a quick look at the current fall sky, showing you the stars, constellations, and planets that you can see at night now. Then we will join Big Bird as he and Elmo welcome their friend Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. But they also discover that the sky over Sesame Street is the same sky over China, just seen 12 hours later.
  5. "The Sky's the Limit + 'From Earth to the Universe' " »

    Tuesday Feb 27

    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. "From Earth to the Universe" »

    Tuesday Feb 27

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