New planetarium takes viewers on stellar experience

The new planetarium features 55 theatre-style seats.

This fall, spectacular shows will take people on tours of the night sky, the solar system and the broader universe on a greater scale than ever before in Radford University's new state-of-the-art planetarium.

Shows will begin airing in the facility on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will continue every Tuesday/Thursday evening and Saturday morning.

The fully-digital planetarium features 55 theatre-style seats, an enhanced projector system and a new dome. It is located in the Center for the Sciences building, which opened in fall 2015. In addition to the planetarium, the $49 million, 114,000-square-foot facility features the Museum of Earth Sciences, high-tech classrooms and laboratories, teaching and learning spaces and updated furnishings and equipment.

Tuesday and Thursday planetarium shows begin at 7 p.m. Saturday morning children's shows begin at 10:30. All shows are free and open to the public.

The planetarium is located on the first level of the Center for the Sciences building, room M75. Visitors should enter the center from Main Street, through the doors next to the planetarium sphere. Seating is limited to 55 people, and no food or drinks are allowed.

Upcoming screenings include the "Seven Wonders" and "Dinosaur Prophecy."

For a full schedule and description of the shows, visit the Radford University Planetarium website.

Sep 16, 2016
Mary Hardbarger