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. "Saturday Kids Show - Flight Adventures" »

    Saturday Apr 14

    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.
  2. "Violent Universe" »

    Saturday Apr 14

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Join us for a tour of the sky followed by the full dome show "Violent Universe." Comets, asteroids, and meteors hurtling through space. Stars collapsing under their own gravity. Infernos of nuclear energy releasing their deadly radiation across the universe. Witness the raw power of the cosmos in this thrilling show that gives you a front-row seat to watch as worlds collide! Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. This show is produced by Evans & Sutherland.
  3. Sky tour + "NASA Futures" + "Journey to the Center of the Milky Way" »

    Saturday Apr 14

    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    See what's up in the nighttime sky this month including the visible stars and constellations, and the planets that you can see from your own back yard. Then see what NASA is up to in our continuing exploration of space. Finally, join us as we go on an epic journey to the center of our own galaxy.
  4. "Violent Universe" »

    Saturday Apr 14

    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Join us for a tour of the sky followed by the full dome show "Violent Universe." Comets, asteroids, and meteors hurtling through space. Stars collapsing under their own gravity. Infernos of nuclear energy releasing their deadly radiation across the universe. Witness the raw power of the cosmos in this thrilling show that gives you a front-row seat to watch as worlds collide! Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. This show is produced by Evans & Sutherland.
  5. "Dark Side of the Moon" »

    Saturday Apr 14

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 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!” This epic show was produced by the by the Michigan Science Center.
  6. "The Sky's the Limit + 'Cosmic Origins Spectrograph' " »

    Tuesday Apr 17

    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.