UWYO Planetarium finally reopens and with full November lineup

After the flood we had in August causing electrical damage to its theater equipment, the Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium at the University of Wyoming has been closed for nearly three months. But good news! The planetarium is now fully operational and will soon resume its regular monthly programming schedule, according to a statement.

“We regret that repairs to the planetarium following the Laramie flood in August took so long. Fortunately, we are back and ready to reopen our doors to the public. Our first paid program will be Halloween night for a special “Dark Side of the Moon” musical performance. Bring some disguises and we’ll have candy for the pranksters. » said Max Gilbraith, the planetarium coordinator.

The November schedule will resume with normal planetarium programming as follows:

  • Tuesday evening: “Wyoming Skies” constellation programs;
  • Friday evening: live scientific presentations
  • Saturday afternoon: family planetarium films
  • Saturday evening: musical shows.

A film and a special live lecture for the public will be presented each week. All programs last approximately one hour. If time permits, part of the show may also focus on a live sky tour or additional information related to the subject of the film.

Halloween program

“The dark side of the moon.”

This Halloween party, a special presentation of the planetarium’s Liquid Sky musical series, will feature Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, “The dark side of the moon.” The planetarium sky at 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

When? Monday, October 31, 8 p.m.

November schedule

“Wyoming Sky.” The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

“Hotter Than the Sun: The Atomic Age.” Physicists and astrophysicists were liberated to develop nuclear weapons and energy in the first half of the 20th century. The program will go beyond the headlines of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the Cuban Missile Crisis; and the disasters at the nuclear power plants at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. This program explores the history of nuclear weapons testing, electricity generation, and the modern risks and benefits of technology that harnesses or releases energy hotter than the sun.

“Dawn of the Space Age” a full dome film. The program explores the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, the magnificent lunar landings and private spaceflight.

“Liquid Sky: psychedelic indie rock” a music-based light show. The program will feature a personalized playlist of “out of this world” music from artists like Tame Impala, MGMT, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, STRFKR, and more in 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium sky at 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

“Stellar graveyard”. This program explores the science behind star formation; the various forms they take; and the stellar graveyard, including white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.

  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

“The warm and energetic universe”, a full dome film. This film studies the achievements of modern astronomy; the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories; the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation; and natural phenomena related to high energy astrophysics.

  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.

“Liquid Sky: Progressive Metal” a music-based light show. The program will include a personalized playlist of hard-hitting and technical music from artists such as Gojira, Mastodon, Opeth, Periphery, Baroness, and more in 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium sky at 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

“Wyoming Sky.” The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

“Aurorae: Dancing Lights.” The program will discuss what causes the Northern Lights in the sky, where they occur, and whether other planets have auroras.

  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

“The Sun: our living star”, a full dome film. The sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen per second and is 500 times more massive than all the planets combined. Viewers will uncover the secrets of the sun and experience never-before-seen footage of its violent surface in an immersive full-domed format.

  • Saturday, November 19, 8 p.m.

“Liquid Sky: Retro Hit” a music-based light show. The program will include a personalized playlist of nostalgic 80s music in 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium sky at 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

Nov. 21-27: Closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Wyoming Sky.” The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

For more detailed descriptions of these programs, click HERE.

Tickets and more information

  • $5: Public
  • $3: Students, Seniors, Veterans, First Responders and Under 18s

To obtain tickets or receive more program information, email [email protected] or leave a voicemail and call-back phone number at (307) 766-6506.

Reservations or pre-purchases are not required, and walk-ins are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card, reserved by email or voicemail, or purchased at the start of the show. Cash or check is accepted at the door. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis outside of ADA/wheelchair designated seating.

To pay for tickets with a credit card, click HERE.

For a group larger than six, email the planetarium for a private show HERE.

Tickets for private shows are the same as for public programs.

2022 UW Homecoming Parade

In case you missed the Homecoming Parade, here’s a preview.

Arline J. Mercier