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UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium

Third Annual Summer of Astronomy Activity Challenge!!

Our Summer Challenge is almost over!  Be sure to contact us to redeem your prizes.  Last day to redeem prizes is September 8th.

Challenge Starts: May 26th

Challenge Ends: September 8th

Go outside this summer, look up, and win stellar prizes!  For more information, check out our Summer of Astronomy Activity Challenge Announcement.

Pick up a copy of our Activity Book at the planetarium or download it at home.

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

Purchasing Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased in advance OR at the door.

To purchase tickets online with a credit card in advance:  Click here to purchase tickets 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.

To purchase tickets in person in advance:  Tickets can be purchased at the Physics Department main office in Physical Science room 204 Monday through Thursday from 8-5 and Friday from 8 -4 OR Online.  We can only accept cash or checks in person.

Finally, tickets can be purchased at theater 20 minutes before the show (cash or check only); $3 for student and $4 for non-students. Tickets for children under 5 are free.  Doors open 20 minutes before show. There is no admittance once the show starts.  Doors open 20 minutes before show.  There is no admittance once the show starts.

Tour of STAR Observatory

Every first and third Friday 8:00pm to 10:00pm 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.

Saturday Shows

We are offering kid themed shows on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month followed by free activities for those interested in staying.  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 complete our NEW Planetarium Show Request Survey to set up a show. Or contact us at 307-766-6150 and for more information.

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

Questions?  Contact us at 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.