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UW Planetarium

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR PUBLIC SHOW SCHEDULE

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public and private shows are cancelled until further notice.  If you have questions, please email the Planetarium staff at planetarium@uwyo.edu.  Thank you!

PURCHASING TICKETS FOR PUBLIC SHOWS:

Ticket Prices:

Adult (18+)

$5

Student with ID

$3

Military/First Responder with ID

$3

Seniors (65+)

$3

Kids Under 5

Free! (With Purchase of Adult Ticket)

Private Shows

$60/hour, $60 minimum

Online Sales

$5

Purchase Tickets Online:

Please note that online ticket sales close at 4:00pm on the show date (Friday for Saturday shows), and all online tickets are $5. Children under 5 are still free. Tickets will be available for pickup at the planetarium 20 minutes prior to the show.

Purchase Tickets at the Physics & Astronomy Office:

Tickets can be purchased at the Physics & Astronomy Department main office:

Physical Science Building Room 204
1000 E. University
Dept 3905
Laramie, WY 82071.

We can only accept cash or checks in person.

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday:                   8:00 AM – 4:00 PM  

Purchase Tickets at the Planetarium:

Tickets can be purchased in the planetarium 20 minutes before the show, (cash or check only).

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

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE 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 SW entrance, go down the stairs and follow the signs pointing to the planetarium.

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

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE STAR ROOFTOP OBSERVATORY:

We will open up our STAR Rooftop Observatory by popular request after our 1st and 3rd Friday night public shows or by reservations with the planetarium coordinator. Dress warm as it is potentially dangerously chilly in the winter months and there is little protection from the elements! The tours will be very informal, stargazing and telescope use will be limited by clouds and weather. You may stay for as long as you like or leave at any time. Tours are FREE.

The University of Wyoming’s STAR Observatory is located on the roof of the Physical Science building. Enter the Physical Science building at the SW entrance, go UP the stairs all the way to the roof. Alternatively, meet the planetarium presenter at the planetarium immediately at 9:00 PM and follow them up for the tour.

 

FOR FIELD TRIPS, PRIVATE SHOWS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, AND OTHER EVENTS

Please complete our online show request survey. 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 here.

Pricing is $60/hour per private show, with a $60 minimum.

Click here to view our Planetarium Film List.

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

Questions?  Contact us at planetarium@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-6506

 

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.

 

Newly Discovered Comet Could Be Brightest In Decades:

Planetarium Coordinator Max Gilbraith was recently interviewed by Cowboy State Daily.  You can read the full article here.

Contact Us

UW Planetarium

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6506

Fax: 307-766-2652

Email: planetarium@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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