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WELCOME to the Harry C. Vaughan University 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.  At this time we can only accept cash or checks. The planetarium seats 58.

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

Changes for upcoming shows:

The laser shows are moving from 8pm to 8:20pm starting in February.

Saturday shows! We have two 4pm Saturday shows scheduled. These shows are geared towards younger audiences but all ages are welcome! There are no Saturday laser shows.

Jan 30th

7pm Constellations of the Southern Hemisphere   Tickets are SOLD OUT for this show.

This program will explore the night sky as seen from the Southern Hemisphere. We will begin our night in Laramie then travel south to see a night sky full of unfamiliar stars and constellations. The program will blend science and storytelling in a level appropriate for all backgrounds.

8pm Laser Light: Michael Jackson

Feb. 6th

7pm Treasures of the Milky Way

Explore dark interstellar clouds that enshroud the births of stars, dazzling nebulae that betray the deaths of stars, globular star clusters, and a supermassive black hole at the center of the Galaxy.

8:20pm Laser Light: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


Feb. 13th

7pm Cassini: 10 Years Of Saturn And Counting -Tickets are SOLD OUT for this show.

This show will explore the joint NASA and ESA Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and all that has been discovered in the past decade while in orbit around Saturn. We will also look to the future to see what Cassini has in store for us in the coming years.

8:20pm Laser Light: Best of Pink Floyd

Feb. 20th

7pm Our Mother Earth - Tickets are SOLD OUT for this show.

In mankind's exploration of the solar system and beyond, we have yet to find any planet similar to our own Earth.  What makes our home planet so unique?  Why is there life on Earth?  In this show, we will explore the pieces that came together to make our planet habitable.

8:20pm Laser Light: Best of U2

Feb. 21st  (Saturday)

4pm Welcome to the night sky (program geared towards children but all ages welcome) - Tickets are SOLD OUT for this show.

This is the first in our youth centered weekend astronomy shows. We will discuss the different kinds of objects that exist in the universe and solar system. Star clusters, galaxies, planets, and moons will be explored in turn as we step away from Earth.

Feb. 27th  

7pm The Night Sky In Your Hands

Often the cost of buying a telescope puts off new amateur astronomers. Though this doesn't have to be the case! There are many celestial objects who can be viewed in much greater detail with a moderate pair of binoculars. We will also discuss free astronomy software for those all too common cloudy nights.

8:20pm Laser Light: Daft Punk

March 6th      

7pm Asteroids, KBOs, and the Oort Cloud

In this show, we will fly through the solar system to explore and study some of the smaller objects of our stellar neighborhood, both near and far.

8:20pm Laser Light: Legends

March 13th

7pm Pale Blue Dot

How big is our universe and where do we stand in the cosmic expanse? This show will help us wrap our minds around truly how small that "Pale Blue Dot" that we live on is, and how much more there is left to discover.

8:20pm Laser Light: Zeppelin Unbound

March 14th  (Saturday)  

4pm Introduction to Astronomy (program geared towards children but all ages welcome)

When you look up at our night sky, what do you see?  This show introduces you to these objects and more as we explore the galaxy and universe beyond.

March 20th  

7pm Little Green Men: Alien Life

The prospect of intelligent life somewhere off of Earth piques the interests of many different types of scientist and the public. The first radio pulsating star discovered was called LGM-1 due to the difficulty in explaining a naturally occurring hyper-regular signal. Tonight we will explore the search for alien life and how it crosses the fields of physics, astronomy, biology, and chemistry.

8:20pm Laser Light: Michael Jackson

March 27th     

Mars: the Mysterious Red Planet

Mars has been the focal point for myths, superstitions, and hoaxes for centuries.  What makes this planet so fascinating?  And what do we really know now about our red neighbor?

8:20pm Laser Light: Laser Gaga


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 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:


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:

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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