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WELCOME to the Harry C. Vaughn Univeristy of Wyoming Planetarium


 

Show Schedule                

Doors open 20 minutes before show. Tickets can be purchased at theater at $2 for student and $3 for non-students. Tickets can also be purchased at the Physics Department Main office in Physical Science room 204 Monday through Thursday from 8-5 and Friday from 8 to noon.  The planetarium seats 58.

Our shows are selling out! To ensure a seat we recommend buying tickets in advance (see above for information).

Dec. 5th                

7pm       Exoplanets and the Kepler mission:

Launched in 2009, the Kepler Mission has provided astronomers with an unprecedented volume of potential planets outside our solar system. The study of exoplanets sparks debate about the future of our planet, the possibility of life outside Earth, and the mysteries of exactly how our planet formed.

8pm       So you wanna build a solar system:

Carl Sagan once said that if we want to make an apple pie from scratch, we must first invent the universe. While we won't start quite that early, in this show we will use our newfound ability to explore space to learn about what brought us to Mr Sagan and that pie.

Dec. 12th          

7pm       Greek Mythology:

Greek mythology is an introduction to the tales told by the ancient Greeks that created our favorite constellations.  It is an in-depth interactive star-walk through the night sky, the stars, and the deep-space objects that the constellations encompass.

8pm       Laser Light show: Winter Wonderlight

Dec. 19th              

7pm       The Messier Catalog:

In the 1770s, Charles Messier catalogued the most brilliant objects in the northern sky, including nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.  See these objects up close in this virtual tour of our corner of the universe.

8pm Laser Light Show: Daft Punk

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Information for Groups:

The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is a great place to bring your class, club, or entire grade.

Our shows are typically one hour long although it is very easy for us to modify the time as needed.

Learning about the planets or stars? Constellations? Galaxies? Let us know and we can cater our shows to your topic. We also always offer general sky shows for a great introduction to astronomy.

Our shows are now free for school groups! Thanks to the generosity of the Windy Ridge Foundation and the state of Wyoming we are able to offer this.  For non-school groups, our group rate is $30 for a show.

Please call 307-766-6150 or email physics@uwyo.edu for more information or to set up a show.

For parking information please contact Transit and Parking Service at 307-766-9800 or visit their webpage at:

http://www.uwyo.edu/tap/parking/parkingoptions.html

Directions:

The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is located in the basement of the Physical Science building. Enter the Physical Science building at the SW entrance, go down the stairs and follow the signs pointing to the planetarium.

University of Wyoming map: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/tour/_files/docs/uw-laramie-campus.pdf

Physical Science is located at D 10 in the above map.

About Harry C. Vaughan:

The planetarium has been renamed in honor of the Windy Ridge Foundation’s owner, who was a professor of meteorology in the Iowa State Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences. Vaughn taught courses in meteorology, earth sciences and agronomy there. Before teaching at Iowa State, he worked at the Ames Laboratory.

Upon retirement, Vaughn moved to Laramie, where he befriended a number of faculty members in UW’s Department of Atmospheric Science. He devoted his time to his love of astronomy and built a personal observatory in his backyard to make his own astronomical observations and also mentored UW students.

 

 

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