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Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium

S.T.A.R. Rooftop Observatory


Next Public Observatory Nights: 10/2 6PM "Observe the Moon Night"

(For planetarium shows see our Public Show Schedule)

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

Public Show Schedule Canceled Until Further Notice - Check for Free Observatory Nights Instead

planetarium control console

(8/11/2022) We are temporarily closed for repairs. We hope to see you again soon.

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(cash only) 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 can occur upto the show time but be prepared to show your receipt if they occur less than 30 minutes ahead of the show time.

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.

Show Catalog

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.

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

4/29/2022 - Cowboy State Daily - UW Astronomer: Wyoming In Perfect Location To See May Lunar Eclipse

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UW Trustees Lift Mask Requirement in Most Indoor Spaces

February 16, 2022:

Masks will no longer be required in most indoor spaces at the University of Wyoming effective Monday, Feb. 21, following a vote today (Wednesday) by the UW Board of Trustees.

While supporting those who choose to wear masks anywhere on campus, the board voted that masks will only be required in campus offices when requested by the office occupant; for employees in UW’s Early Care and Education Center; and in medically related units. Masks also will continue to be required on UW Transit Service buses, in accordance with federal rules.

The medically related units include UW’s Student Health Service; UW Athletics’ medical clinic area; family medicine residency clinics in Casper and Cheyenne; the Albany Community Health Clinic in Laramie; the Speech and Hearing Clinic; the Psychology Clinic; the Counseling Center; and the COVID-19 testing area.

“We continue to recommend masks as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community but, by action of the board, we are moving to a new phase in the pandemic that will not include a mask requirement in most indoor spaces, including classrooms,” UW President Ed Seidel says. “Those who choose to continue wearing masks have the board’s and the university’s full support.”

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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