Upcoming Shows and Times

All shows start with a tour of the nighttime sky as well as some other amazing sights in space using our full-dome Digistar 5 projection system (manufactured by Evans & Sutherland). Many of these are following by a professionally produced dull-dome multimedia shows on various exciting astronomical topics. Throughout the year some of our shows are more extensive nighttime sky tours, giving even more details about the constellations, stars, and planets that you can currently see in the sky.

  1. "Seeing! A photon's journey across space, time and mind" »

    Thursday Oct 18

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

    After a tour of the night sky, come join us for "Seeing!" Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. Funded through a generous grant from ZEISS, the show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  2. "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph" »

    Thursday Oct 18

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

    “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.
  3. Saturday kids show: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" »

    Saturday Oct 20

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

    Especially appropriate for younger audiences, ages 3-7 in particular! The show follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu 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. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. "One, World, One Sky" is a production of Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center and was produced with major support from the National Science Foundation.
  4. "Seeing! A photon's journey across space, time and mind" »

    Tuesday Oct 23

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

    After a tour of the night sky, come join us for "Seeing!" Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. Funded through a generous grant from ZEISS, the show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  5. ACS "Program in a Box" special show »

    Tuesday Oct 23

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

    Sponsored by the Radford University Chapter of the American Chemical Society - tickets required and are available through the Radford University Department of Chemistry: https://www.radford.edu/chemistry Celebrate National Chemistry Week on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm ET by gathering a group for a mission to explore the chemistry of Mars! Join us live as our panel of experts shares what we know about the planet and the steps that need to be taken to safely send men and women to walk on its surface. Discover the challenges of long-term space travel and the materials, biochemistry, and astrochemistry that will help make this mission possible. For more information please visit: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/program-in-a-box/pib-on-demand/mars.html
  6. "Seeing! A photon's journey across space, time and mind" »

    Thursday Oct 25

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

    After a tour of the night sky, come join us for "Seeing!" Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. Funded through a generous grant from ZEISS, the show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  7. "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph" »

    Thursday Oct 25

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

    “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.
  8. Saturday kids show: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" »

    Saturday Oct 27

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

    Especially appropriate for younger audiences, ages 3-7 in particular! The show follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu 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. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. "One, World, One Sky" is a production of Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center and was produced with major support from the National Science Foundation.