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WELCOME to the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium


Tuesday evening shows!

The UW Harry C Vaughan Planetarium is excited to introduce our new Tuesday evening shows.  Tuesday evening shows will alternate between This Month's Sky and our featured Full Dome Movie and will be at 7 pm.

Now offering online ticket sales!              

Doors open 20 minutes before show.  There is no admittance once the show starts.

All pre-purchased tickets must be purchased before noon on the Friday of the show. This includes pre-purchased tickets for the Saturday shows. Tickets can be purchased through the following three methods:

Tickets can be purchased at theater (cash or check only); $3 for student and $4 for non-students. Tickets for children under 5 are free.

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 -4.  We can only accept cash or checks in person. 

Tickets can also be purchased online. Please note that all online tickets are $4, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets can be picked up at the door 15 minutes prior to the show. Click here to buy tickets online.

Tour of STAR Observatory: Every Friday at 9 pm, enjoy an optional Rooftop Telescope Tour! After the planetarium show (and weather permitting) you are invited to the roof of the Physical Science building where you can look through our 16 inch STAR (Student Teaching And Research) Observatory. Please dress warm! The tours will be very informal and you may stay for as long as you like or leave at any time. Tours are free.

We are offering kid themed shows on Saturdays followed by free activities for those interested in staying.  Please note the days.

We are glad to have such a range of young children for our kid-themed shows! Parents, please understand that it can get a little noisy and chaotic at times with so many young kids in a darkened room. We appreciate any help in making these shows enjoyable for all!

Show Schedule



February

This month at the UW Planetarium explores astronomy’s new and exciting frontiers.  From the elusive answers about dark matter to the ongoing discoveries of exo-planets, February’s shows tackle the important questions in astronomy and how they affect our everyday lives and the future of our planet.


Tuesday February 28th

7:00pm  This Month’s Sky: Love in the Solar System                         Duration: 45 minutes

For centuries, the night sky has been observed by hopeless romantics. February’s This Month’s Sky gets into the spirit of Valentine’s Day to discover the most romantic celestial bodies and systems in the universe as well as their classic love stories! 

March

Welcome spring: warmer weather and clear skies are perfect for stargazing and pondering the cosmos.  If you have questions about what you see (or don’t see), we have answers!  From the upcoming eclipse to lesser-known solar system objects and on to cosmologic exploration, March at the UW planetarium answers the common questions we have about the universe and our cosmic neighborhood.

Note: There will be no public shows on Friday March 3rd due to World Language Day Events.

 

Saturday March 4th  

11:00am  Spaceships!                                               Duration: 40 minutes + Flexible Activity Time

How did we send astronauts to the moon? How did we get close up pictures of Pluto? We did it with spaceships! Through the years, humans have built all sorts of spaceships - giant rockets, tiny robot spaceships, and the space shuttle just to name a few. In today’s show, we will explore these real life spaceships, from how they fly to where they have been in space. Stay after the show where you will get to design and create your very own spaceship! 

 

Tuesday March 7th  

7:00pm  This Month’s Sky                                                                                 Duration: 45 minutes

As the months and seasons change here in Wyoming, new astronomical events occur in our nighttime sky.  No matter what time of year, there is always something to see after the Sun goes down.  From constellations to meteor showers to visible planets, This Month’s Sky acts as your guide to these remarkable events and where to find them.

 

Friday March 10th  

8:00pm  Ice Giants                                                                                            Duration: 50 minutes

Our solar system holds an astounding array of planets, from barren Mercury to the verdant Earth and on to breathtaking Saturn. However, we tend to forget about the far, mysterious planets in our solar system: the ice giants Uranus and Neptune. After decades of study, we've received some amazing answers about these two frozen giants, but are left with even more intriguing questions. Join us this Friday to see and explore these hidden gems our own solar system.

9:00pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory                                Duration: Weather Dependent

 

Tuesday March 14th  

7:00pm  Full Dome Movie Double Feature: Seeing & Back to the Moon for Good                Duration: 50 minutes

Seeing: Ride a photon across the galaxy to your mind's eye and experience how we see.  SEEING! follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. From there, witness the conversion to an electro-chemical impulse that then travels the neuro pathways of the brain to the various centers that create the image the brain sees.

Back to the Moon for Good: Thanks to numerous landers and orbiters, humankind explored and learned a great deal about Earth’s closest neighbor in the 1960s and 70s.  But we haven’t been to the moon in over 40 years.  That is about to change.  The full dome feature, Back to the Moon for Good, follows numerous teams in competition to land on the moon and win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE.  Designed to spark creativity and innovation in 21st century space travel, the XPRIZE is inspiring students and citizens to head back to the moon – for good.

 

Friday March 17th  

8:00pm  Our Place in Time and Space                                                           Duration: 50 minutes

You may sometimes wonder where we are in the Universe. But, do you ever think “when” are we in the Universe? This show takes a look at not only our physical place in the cosmos, but also the unique time in which we exist. From the Big Bang to the ultimate fate of our Universe tonight will explore the Earth’s place in time and space.

 9:00pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory                                Duration: Weather Dependent

 

Saturday March 18th  

11:00am  Tour the Solar System                              Duration: 40 minutes + Flexible Activity Time

We know there are 8 planets in our solar system but did you know there are asteroids that fly past Earth or that there are more dwarf planets beyond Pluto? Come with us as we take a tour of our solar system - starting at the Sun and ending at the edge of solar system. See and learn about all the objects familiar and unfamiliar that orbit around the Sun!  After the show, we will explore the scale of our solar system’s planets by experimenting with Play-doh!

 

Tuesday March 21st  

7:00pm  This Month’s Sky                                                                                 Duration: 45 minutes

As the months and seasons change here in Wyoming, new astronomical events occur in our nighttime sky.  No matter what time of year, there is always something to see after the Sun goes down.  From constellations to meteor showers to visible planets, This Month’s Sky acts as your guide to these remarkable events and where to find them.

 

Friday March 24th 

8:00pm  Diamond in the Sky: Eclipse 2017                                                      Duration: 50 minutes

Every day we experience two beautiful astronomical phenomena: Sunrise and Sunset. But only once or twice in a lifetime we may have the chance to experience a third awe inspiring phenomena: a total solar eclipse. This rare astronomical event is not only significant for its mesmerizing beauty, but for the wealth of information it can provide to scientists and astronomers. Tonight, we will discuss everything you need to know about this year’s Great American Eclipse.

9:00pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory                                Duration: Weather Dependent

 

Tuesday March 28th

7:00pm  Full Dome Movie Double Feature: Seeing & Back to the Moon for Good                Duration: 50 minutes

Seeing: Ride a photon across the galaxy to your mind's eye and experience how we see.  SEEING! follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. From there, witness the conversion to an electro-chemical impulse that then travels the neuro pathways of the brain to the various centers that create the image the brain sees.

Back to the Moon for Good: Thanks to numerous landers and orbiters, humankind explored and learned a great deal about Earth’s closest neighbor in the 1960s and 70s.  But we haven’t been to the moon in over 40 years.  That is about to change.  The full dome feature, Back to the Moon for Good, follows numerous teams in competition to land on the moon and win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE.  Designed to spark creativity and innovation in 21st century space travel, the XPRIZE is inspiring students and citizens to head back to the moon – for good.

 

Friday March 31st  

8:00pm  Cosmology                                                                                          Duration: 50 minutes

Are we at the center of the universe?  How did the universe begin, and how will it end?  What existed before the Big Bang?  Are there other universes?  What is dark matter, and how does it affect our existence?  Since antiquity, astronomers have continuously gained a greater understanding of our universe as they attempt to answer questions like these.  Tonight’s show will focus on astronomical exploration methods to explain how we know what we know.

 9:00pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory                                Duration: Weather Dependent


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Information for Groups:

School field trips are $50.  All other private shows will be $50 for the first hour, $25 each additional hour. Payments can be made by cash, check, voucher or IDR.  Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards.

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.

Please call 307-766-6150 or email planetarium@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.

 

Animal Shelter Donation

Animal Shelter Donation
Funds from the telescope raffle were used to purchase food and toys for the Laramie Animal Shelter.

Animal Shelter Donation

Animal Shelter Donation
One of the recipients of the Animal Shelter donation.
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