Radford University's Selu Observatory is a remarkable resource for Radford, the surrounding counties, and all of southwest Virginia. A few miles from Exit 109 off I-81, its location makes it possible for Radford University students, school groups, families and interested local citizens to have the wonders of the universe available in a convenient setting.

The observatory makes the planets, stars, comets and other celestial bodies immediately accessible to view. It allows researchers to investigate the dynamics of the universe, and it allows interested amateurs to see first hand the intriguing objects in space that affect tides, weather, seasons and other aspects of our lives. School children can gain exposure to technology that will help them develop an interest in science.

Maintenance and Upgrades

Selu Observatory is currently in the process of performing maintenance and upgrading our equipment. Regular public viewing nights on Fridays will resume after the upgrades have been completed. Please email us at observatory@radford.edu if you are interested in receiving status updates on when the Selu Observatory will re-open.