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. "The Sky's the Limit + 'From Earth to the Universe' " »

    Tuesday Mar 20

    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.
  2. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Tuesday Mar 20

    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!”
  3. "The Sky's the Limit + 'From Earth to the Universe' " »

    Thursday Mar 22

    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.
  4. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Thursday Mar 22

    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. "Saturday Kids Show - Flight Adventures" »

    Saturday Mar 24

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

    A great show for our elementary and middle school visitors. You will start out with a live tour of the nighttime sky and fly out into space. Then experience this 20-minute multi-media show from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. “Flight Adventures” introduces children and families to the science, technology, and history of flight. The show features NASA’s research and the advancements that have made space travel possible, along with the important role that models have played in flight development. NASA resources include images and experts. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and WFYI Productions with funding through NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums.
  6. “The Sky’s the Limit + ‘Cosmic Origins Spectrograph’ ” »

    Tuesday Mar 27

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

    This will include a sky show plus a full dome look at the origins of our universe! “Cosmic Origins Spectrograph” is a 28-minute full dome look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. The show covers the basics of spectroscopy, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of the large scale structure of our universe.