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.
University of Wyoming map: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/tour/_files/docs/uw-laramie-campus.pdf
Physical Science is located at D 10 in the above map.
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Doors open 20 minutes before show. There is no admittance once the show starts.
All pre-purchased tickets must be purchased before noon on the Friday of the show. This includes pre-purchased tickets for the Saturday shows. Tickets can be purchased through the following three methods:
Tickets can be purchased at theater (cash or check only); $3 for student and $4 for non-students. Tickets for children under 5 are free.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Physics Department main office in Physical Science room 204 Monday through Thursday from 8-5 and Friday from 8 -4. We can only accept cash or checks in person.
Tickets can also be purchased online. Please note that all online tickets are $4, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets can be picked up at the door 15 minutes prior to the show. Click here to buy tickets online.
Tour of STAR Observatory: Every Friday at 8 pm, enjoy an optional Rooftop Telescope Tour! After the planetarium show (and weather permitting) you are invited to the roof of the Physical Science building where you can look through our 16 inch STAR (Student Teaching And Research) Observatory. Please dress warm! The tours will be very informal and you may stay for as long as you like or leave at any time. Tours are free.
We are offering kid themed shows on select Saturdays followed by free activities for those interested in staying. Please note the days.
We are glad to have such a range of young children for our kid-themed shows! Parents, please understand that it can get a little noisy and chaotic at times with so many young kids in a darkened room. We appreciate any help in making these shows enjoyable for all!
Information for Groups:
School field trips are $50. All other private shows will be $50 for the first hour, $25 each additional hour. Payments can be made by cash, check, voucher or IDR. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards.
The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is a great place to bring your class, club, or entire grade.
Our shows are typically one hour long although it is very easy for us to modify the time as needed.
Learning about the planets or stars? Constellations? Galaxies? Let us know and we can cater our shows to your topic. We also always offer general sky shows for a great introduction to astronomy.
Please call 307-766-6150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to set up a show.
For parking information please contact Transit and Parking Service at 307-766-9800 or visit their webpage at:
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.