Radford University recently held the grand opening for its new planetarium in the Center for the Sciences.
The planetarium opened with a weekend of events involving science and exploration on April 29-30. The event was highlighted by its keynote address, which was given by Michelle and Shane Larson from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
The planetarium also presented the first viewing of its premiere show, “The Violent Universe.”
Alumni, faculty and students were part of the crowd that packed the planetarium to explore the solar system and the far reaches of the galaxy, which was shown by the planetarium’s crisp, digital projection and its surround sound systems.
The new planetarium features 55 theater-style seats and is a major upgrade compared to its original location in Reed-Curie Hall’s basement, where it spent 16 years and saw more than 40,000 visitors looking to explore the far reaches of space. The planetarium and the upcoming Museum of Earth Sciences, which is set to open this fall, will serve as the centerpieces of the Center for the Science’s main floor.