Radford University's Planetarium opens April 29, 30 with new shows, special guests

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Radford University is showing of its new Planetarium this weekend.

The globe shaped room is a staple in the new Center for the Sciences building. It has 55 seats and all digital projection and surround sound systems.

The university dedicated the Planetarium with help from Michelle Larson, the president and CEO of Chicago's Adler Planetarium, and Shane Larson, a research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University.

"This is just a continuing part of Radford University's educational mission. This is what we do, we teach people. We teach our students, we teach the general public, we teach anybody that's here," said Rhett Herman, a Radford University Physics professor.

This replaces the university's previous 16 year old Planetarium that was developed by Herman.

Several shows and a lecture is scheduled Saturday.
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From Radford University:
On April 30, the planetarium will host its first kids’ show at 10 a.m. for families with children. The show will be followed by activities sponsored by Macaroni Kid NRV whose mission is to provide family friendly events and information. Michelle Larson will deliver a lecture about her work in science education outreach, titled “Science Has a Story to Tell” at 12:30 p.m., followed by shows at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.