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Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium

Public Show Schedule

planetarium control console

Public programs and private shows are available!

Campus is currently in the "SPRING BREAK THROUGH SEMESTER’S END" period of the Spring Re-Opening Plan. We have a schedule of public shows and are able to offer in-person private shows by reservation. Virtual shows and online programs are also available to those who can't visit us on campus. Everyone including students, faculty, K-12, families, and the general public are welcome at the Vaughan planetarium. All campus visitors must wear a face mask which covers their nose and mouth when indoors. Visitors should also be free of any and all COVID-19 symptoms. To learn more visit the UW COVID-19 website.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students and those under 18.

If a show listed in our Public Show Schedule is not marked "Sold Out' seating should be available. Seating is limited so reservations are reccommended. You may arrive to a program without reservations and tickets will be sold on a first come/first serve basis once all reservation holding parties are served. To reserve tickets, or get more information:


voicemail: 307-766-6506 (Plesase 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.)

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.

Free Planetarium Shows

Follow the links below to watch a feature length planetarium film for free!

To Space and Back 

Back to the Moon for Good 

Dark Matter Mystery 

Distant Worlds - Alien Life? 

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 


The Sun, Our Living Star 

Two Small Piece of Glass - The Amazing Telescope

Show Costs

We are offering sharply reduced rates for private shows (normally $60/hour) so that we can accommodate our family and friends in the Laramie community! We encourage you to coordinate with your household, neighbors, or classmates to make a group reservations for the best cost. 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

We will open up our Student Training And Research (S.T.A.R.) Rooftop Observatory by reservations 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

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"

December 1, 2020 UW News - "UW Planetarium Shows for Dec. 11 and Dec 18. Have Been Canceled"

November 18, 2020 UW News - "UW Planetarium to Reopen Public Shows for December"

October 23, 2020 UW Branding Iron - "Planetarium Still Open"

October 15, 2020 Cowboy State Daily - "Peak Viewing of Orionids Meteor Shower"

September 25, 2020 Laramie Boomerang - "Planetarium, art museum re-open to public"

Contact Us

UW Planetarium

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6506

Fax: 307-766-2652


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