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Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium

Public Show Schedule

planetarium control console

Public programs and private shows are available! 

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, $3 for UW students/staff/faculty, veterans, first responders, or children. 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 


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.

Private Shows Available

Private Shows are available by reservation for you family, friends, school field trip, birthday parties, wedding, etc...

Show Request Survey

We can schedule you private program to occur any day of the week between the hours of 8AM and 10PM. Please give us as much lead time as possible to book your show and guarantee availability. 

If you are interested in combining your planetarium visit with other activities on campus like the Geology Museum, Science Kitchen, or a campus tour, please request a visit through the Campus Visitor Center.

We always recommend that at least part of your planetarium experience should be a live presentation by our talented staff but the films are also available by request for private shows, rentals, field trips, and other events.

We also can do virtual field trips for your group over zoom or other online meeting software.

Planetarium Film List

Online Shows

We offer virtual and online shows via Zoom, Hangout, or other meeting/streaming software for those unable to join us in-person on campus for shows. Contact us to have a live astronomer and virtual planetarium content in your classroom, home, or other venue.

Private Show Costs

$60/hour. $30 minimum. Discounts are available for return/recurring visits, small family groups, or charitable and educational non-profits.

Contact us for a quote or for any questions.

Show request survey


voicemail: 307-766-6506

Location of Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium


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 south-western entrance closest to the classroom building and follow the signs down a level to our lobby. The planetarium is located under the computer lab with an elevator and stairs in our lobby area. The planetarium is wheelchair accessible. 

Physical Science is located at D 10 in the University of Wyoming map.

For parking information please contact Transit and Parking Service at 307-766-9800 or visit the parking webpage.

S.T.A.R. Rooftop Observatory

16 inch telescope in the dome atop the physics building

Next Public Observing Night: TBD

Public Observing nights don't require reservations but check the weather and this page for cancellations or re-scheduling.

We can also open up our Student Training And Research (S.T.A.R.) Rooftop Observatory by reservation with the planetarium coordinator. The tours will be very informal, stargazing and telescope use will be limited by clouds and weather. The University of Wyoming’s STAR Observatory is located on the roof of the Physical Sciences building through the western stairwell. There is no elevator/wheelchair access to the observatory.

To schedule a tour


voicemail: 307-766-6506

3 telescopes on tripods


About Harry C. Vaughan

Photo of 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. Vaughan taught courses in meteorology, earth sciences and agronomy there. Before teaching at Iowa State, he worked at the Ames Laboratory.

Upon retirement, Vaughan 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.

In the News

May 26, 2021 Laramie Live - "Planetarium Offering Various Programs in June"

May 25, 2021 Cowboy State Daily - "Lunar Eclipse Early Wendesday"

April 27, 2021 UW News - "Planetarium Explores Star Formation, 2017 Eclipse During May Programs"

April 21, 2021 Cowboy State Daily - "Wyomingites Can See Lyrid Meteor Shower"

February 25, 2021 UW News - "Planetarium Program Will Explore Perseverance Mission to Mars"


Campus Return Alerts



Board of Trustees Extends UW Mask Policy

September 17, 2021: Masks will continue to be required inside most University of Wyoming buildings where 6-foot social distancing isn’t possible, following action by the UW Board of Trustees.

The board voted today to extend the mask policy, as Albany County remains in the Wyoming Department of Health’s “moderate-high transmission levels” category for COVID-19. There currently are 63 active cases among UW students and employees.

The policy will be revisited in subsequent meetings of the board.

“Our mask policy has helped us start our traditional fall semester without a major spike in COVID cases,” UW President Ed Seidel says. “We appreciate the willingness of our community members to follow this policy in classrooms, labs and high-traffic areas such as the Wyoming Union so that we can continue with in-person learning and activities.”

Exceptions to the indoor mask requirement are voluntary public events such as athletics and music, theater and dance performances; voluntary social events; and private, by-invitation events that involve rental and/or use of UW spaces on campus. For classes where the ability to see speakers’ mouths is essential, faculty members have the ability to seek exceptions to the masking policy. As well, employees and students who have legitimate medical reasons to not wear masks can seek exceptions.

An additional exception approved by the board is for patrons of Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center when participating in recreational activities, sport or fitness or when a spectator at a voluntary public recreational event. Half Acre patrons will still be required to wear masks when entering and exiting the building, at all customer service desks and in meeting rooms.

Contact Us

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Mailing address:

UW Planetarium

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6506

Fax: 307-766-2652


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