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UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing this July!

We are excited to announce our 4th annual Summer of Astronomy Activity Challenge

Click here for more information                Download the activity book

Public Show Calendar

Click here to see our Public Show Descriptions

Purchasing tickets for public shows:

Tickets can be purchased in advance OR at the door.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card.  Please note that online tickets sales close at 4:00pm on the show date (Friday for Saturday shows) and all online tickets are $4, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets will be available for pickup in the planetarium 20 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 .  We can only accept cash or checks in person.

Finally, tickets can be purchased in the planetarium 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 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 open up our STAR Rooftop Observatory every first and third Friday of the month from 8:00pm to 9:30pm.  Feel free to join us anytime, but dress warm as evenings are chilly! The tours will be very informal and 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.

Are you interested in scheduling a field trip, birthday party, or private show for your group?

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 $50 per private show.

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.