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Public Show Schedule

Public Planetarium Shows

All programs are approximately an hour in length. Doors open ~15 minutes ahead of the show time. Seating is first-come first serve outside of designated ADA/wheelchair seating 

Tickets are $5 for the general public or online sales, $3 for UW students/staff/faculty, veterans, first responders, or children with cash in person. Seating is free for children under 5. Reservations or pre-purchase is not required, walk-ins are welcome. You can purchase tickets online with credit card, reserve tickets over email or voicemail, or walk-in and purchase tickets at the start of the show.

Purchase tickets online with credit card.

You may need to disable your ad-blocker and/or enable pop-ups to complete your online ticket purchase. Online ticket sales close at 4:00PM day-of for Tuesday shows. Friday and Saturday shows close online sales at 4:00PM Friday. If online sales are closed you'll need to arrive and pay in-person.

To reserve tickets or get more information contact us via email or voicemail Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM 

email:   planetarium@uwyo.edu

voicemail: 307-766-6506 (Please leave a voice message and it will forward to email, we will return your call ASAP. If you don't leave a voicemail we won't be able to return your call as quickly.)

If you have a large group or are unable to attend our public shows don't hesitate to  contact us for a private show.

Show Descriptions

October 19, 7PM "Wyoming Skies"   What’s up in the sky around Wyoming: stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers, and more.

October 22, 6PM (Reservations closed, Do Not Arrive Without Reservations) "WIRO Open House" The annual open house for the Wyoming InfraRed Observatory(WIRO) at Jelm Mountain will be occurring. There will not be a show at the planetarium that evening. Do not come to Jelm Mountain if you haven't already made a reservation with the Physics and Astronomy office, no further reservations are available for this year's open house.

October 29. 7PM "James Webb Space Telescope w/ Dr. Daniel Dale" The next generation space telescope is set to be launched later this year. The epic mission to send a tennis-court sized observatory past the moon will reveal the mysteries of the universe like never before. University of Wyoming Astronomer Dr. Daniel Dale will detail the exciting science objectives and the knuckle-biting engineering feats that have gone into our next eyes in the sky.

October 30, 2PM "Two Small Pieces of Glass"  Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope  fulldome show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

November 5, 7PM " Leftovers! Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, and Rings" We learn about the 8 major planets from a young age but what about everything else in the solar system? The little things out there have major impacts on the worlds around us. Locked inside them are the secrets of how the planets formed and life could have arose. We've learned about them from bright meteor streaks in the sky, fireballs, comet tails, craters. Now space missions have just begun exploring these trinkets like on asteroid Bennu and comet CG-67P. What's NASA doing to learn about and defend Earth from these celestial curiosities?

November 9, 7PM "Wyoming Skies" What’s up in the sky around Wyoming: stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers, and more.

November 12, 7PM "You Are a Star!" Take a journey through space and time from the big bang 14 billion lightyears to the present day. We will track energy and matter from the first atoms,the stars that forged the elements inside us.

November 13, 2PM  "The Sun: Our Living Star" The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. Our team has worked with some of the most talented planetarium producers to bring you this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives.

November 19, 7PM "Yellowstone to Enceladus"  Wyoming's Yellowstone area was designated the first National Park over a hundred years ago, as a natural preserve and natural curiosity. Today millions flock to it's awesome displays of volcanic power as half the worlds known geysers lie within the park. A billion miles away on an icy moon of Saturn a similar power lies beneath the surface causing fantastic ice plumes to reach into space. Yellowstone's boiling and acidic hot pools harbor extreme forms of life, could Enceladus also? Despite the charm of Yellowstone National Park, is it really a ticking bomb? And what could we do to mitigate a super-volcano eruption? See Yellowstone park in full-dome and virtual reality photography!

November 20, 2PM "Hot and Energetic Universe" This documentary, with the use of immersive visualizations and real images, investigates the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent Universe. This science also probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the Universe. It also probes hot gas accreting around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. Finally, high energy radiation provides important information about our own Galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants and stars like our Sun which emit copious amounts of high energy radiation.

November 22-28 Closed for semester/holiday break

November 30, 7PM "Wyoming Skies" What’s up in the sky around Wyoming: stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers, and more.

December 3, 7PM "It's Ice: Frozen Worlds" The poles of Earth may contain frozen water but it's hardly the only place. Further from the Sun, it get's chillier still with carbon dioxide, methane, oxygen, and nitrogen freezing as we get to Mars, the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and finally the minor planet Pluto. As the temperature drops in Wyoming let's learn how much colder it gets other places to feel warm!

December 4, 2PM "Dawn of the Space Age"  From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space. Who were these Men and Women that took part in these death defying endeavours? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.

December 10, 7PM "Star of the Magi with Dr. Kobulnicky" Learn about the heavens, wonder, and speculate with astronomer and UW Professor Dr. Chip Kobulnicky as he presents some of the celestial possibilities that may underlie the storied “star that rose in the East” leading the “magi” to the birthplace of Jesus.

December 11, 2PM "Star of the Magi with Dr. Kobulnicky" Learn about the heavens, wonder, and speculate with astronomer and UW Professor Dr. Chip Kobulnicky as he presents some of the celestial possibilities that may underlie the storied “star that rose in the East” leading the “magi” to the birthplace of Jesus.

December 14, 7PM "Wyoming Skies" What’s up in the sky around Wyoming: stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers, and more

December 17, 7PM "Aurorae: Dancing Lights" For millennia our ancestors looked in awe at the "dawn in the north" or Aurora Borealis. What causes this display? where does it occur? Do other planets have aurorae also? We'll take a tour from the surface of the sun out to the magnetic poles of the solar system to find out!

December 18, 4PM "James Webb Space Telescope Launch Watch Party" (Free Event) Hang out with us and watch the launch of the largest ever Space Telescope on the big screen at the planetarium.

December 20 - 27 Closed for Winter Break

Further shows to be announced

Free Online Planetarium Shows

To Space and Back

Back to the Moon for Good

Dark Matter Mystery

Distant Worlds - Alien Life? (German Audio)

Europe to the Stars

From Earth to the Universe

Hot and Energetic Universe

Max Goes to the Moon

Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds

Phantom of the Universe

Sunstruck  

The Sun, Our Living Star

Two Small Piece of Glass - The Amazing Telescope

Complete Planetarium Film List

Due to license restrictions not all of our films are available online. Please check our Planetarium Fi lm List to learn about other films only available in our theater.

Triple Conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury

triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury as seen from Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii.


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UW Planetarium

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6506

Email: planetarium@uwyo.edu

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