WELCOME to the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium
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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 to noon. 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.
Laser light shows will be shown every other week at 8:10pm and they are a separate charge from the planetarium show at 7:00.
Tour of STAR Observatory: Weeks without laser light shows will feature 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!
The UW Harry C Vaughan Planetarium is finishing this year with a series of introductory shows for aspiring sky-gazers and astronomers of all ages. From the icy regions of the solar system to the stars and constellations beyond, audiences will be thrilled to start or continue the journey of discovering our universe. Be sure to bring a coat and gloves when we head to the roof on select nights to tour or STAR Observatory.
Due to UW’s Winter Break and the holidays, we will not be having Planetarium Shows on the last 2 weekends of the year, but keep an eye out for our January 2016 schedule coming soon!
7pm This Month’s Sky: December
If you can brave the cold, December offers the longest nights of the year for star-gazing. Tonight, we will introduce you to the most famous of the sky’s wintertime gems: how to find them and what they are.
8:10pm Laser Light: Best of Pink Floyd
December 5th (Saturday)
11am Constellations for Beginners
Constellations for Beginners is an introduction to the tales told by the ancient Greeks that created our favorite constellations. Join us for an interactive star-walk through the night sky and the stories and tales that piece it together. Then after the show, create your own constellation and write its origin story in order to get a stellar prize!
7pm Ice Dwarves
Over 4 billion miles away lies a region of mystery and the unknown: the Trans-Neptunian Region! Everyday scientist learn more about this region that continues to be largely influential in our Solar System. Watch this show to find out the facts of TNO’s (Trans-Neptunian Objects) like Pluto and Charon, how they changed the definition of a planet, and what humans have been doing to learn more about the Region.
8pm Tour of STAR Observatory
7pm Greek Mythology
Ancient civilizations used the night sky as a clock, calendar, and story board for their unique mythologies. The 88 constellations that piece our sky together are dominated by Ancient Greek Mythology. Tonight we will connect the dots to discover the shapes and characters that lie in these constellations and help astronomers navigate the night sky.
8:10pm Laser Light: Winter Wonderlight
December 19th (Saturday)
11am An Introduction to Astronomy
What do you see when you look up at our night sky? How can you use the night sky to tell you what time of year it is? And how can you tell the difference between a star or planet? This show answers all these questions and more. Perfect for aspiring astronomers and skygazers, we introduce you to the wonders of our galaxy and universe beyond. After the show, we will celebrate the end of Finals and bask in winter break with a laser light show: Winter Wonderlight.
Information for Groups:
Starting December 1st, 2015 we will be charging $50 for all private shows. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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.