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Physics & Astronomy|College of Arts & Sciences

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).

Jan 9th

7pm Myth and Legends: Cassiopeia, Andromeda, and Perseus

Constellations allow astronomers to break up the sky into manageable puzzle piece like regions. Some of these are based off of Greek legends which immortalized the heroes: mortal and otherwise. Learn about the adventures of Perseus and the dangers of tempting the gods.

8pm Laser Light: Laser Gaga

Jan 16th

7pm The Solar System

A journey through our home solar system from the Sun to our favorite dwarf planet: Pluto

8pm Laser Light: Country USA

Jan 23rd

7pm Back to the Moon (Full dome Movie!) and The Moons of Jupiter

From the time Galileo first observed them through our continuing search for liquid water outside the Earth, the moons of Jupiter have forever changed our perspective of the solar system. Let us explore!

8pm Laser Light: The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 Jan 30th

7pm Constellations of the Southern Hemisphere

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


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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