Casper Planetarium

 

Smart Start Opening for the General Public

It has been a long four months since the Casper Planetarium has been open to the public. However, with school starting we are ready to once again host visitors to see our public shows.  In order to protect our community and our staff please keep the following in mind.

“PLEASE STAY HOME IF SICK, DO NOT VISIT DISTRICT SITES OR BUILDINGS IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE A FEVER OF 100.4 OR MORE!” 

  1. The Planetarium is a part of the Natrona County School District and all district and state guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 are in place. 
  2. Face coverings must be worn in the planetarium dome, lobby and gift shop if a 6ft distance between guests cannot be maintained.
  3. With current COVID-19 guidelines, our maximum occupancy will be 30 people (not including staff).  
  4. Upon entering the planetarium, each guest must use hand sanitizer.  
  5. There will be one show that will start promptly at 4:15 PM each Tuesday through Friday, beginning September 15, 2020.  Doors will open at 3:45 PM. 
  6. Late guests will not be allowed to enter the dome theatre after 4:20  
  7. There will be one show on Saturday nights at 7:00 PM. Doors will open at 6:30 PM
  8. Late guests will not be allowed to enter the dome theatre after 7:05.   
  9. Guests may remove face coverings in the dome theatre IF there are 2 or more seats between guests. 
  10. If fewer than 2 seats are between guests, face coverings must be worn. 
  11. Families with younger children may sit together. 
  12. When a family unit comes in and needs to  sit together, a planetarium staff member will usher them to their seat and make sure other patrons are physically distanced when “marked chairs” are interrupted.  Face coverings do not have to be worn if seated as a family unit.  If physical distancing is not kept from other patrons, face coverings must be worn.

We look forward to hosting you and your families this fall and sharing the wonders of the universe. Thank you for your patience during these uncertain times. 


We can step off into space if we want to using Casper’s most sophisticated time machine and starship. An entire universe of time and space are now ours to explore.

Yet this journey would not have been possible without the support and generosity of a variety of visionaries.

The journey began in 1966 when the Casper Planetarium first opened its doors. As the first of its kind in Wyoming, the Casper Planetarium sported a state of the art Spitz star machine and seating for 71. Gradually images, music and video were added to planetarium programs, and fully automated feature length planetarium programs were offered. Yet through it all, the star machine remained the same.

In 2006, shortly after the celebration of the Planetarium’s 40th anniversary, discussion began for a renovation of the Casper Planetarium. While the structure of the building would remain unchanged, the Spitz star machine would be replaced by a Konica-Minolta Mediaglobe; the world’s first all dome, full color, single projector planetarium system. But where would funding for such a monumental project come from?

Two local agencies stepped up to accept the challenge. These two agencies are BOCES and the Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board.

The generous contributions of BOCES and the Recreation Joint Powers Board launched the Casper Planetarium into the 21st century. Members of the Natrona County School district, the faculty and staff of Casper College and the staff of the Casper Planetarium would like to thank them for sharing the vision of the future.

And so let us stargaze, shoulder to shoulder with the past. People of our community, our county and our state; welcome they say, we’re so glad you’re here. We meet here, alongside time, here forever beneath the night sky.

Staff

Rod Kennedy
Casper Planetarium Supervisor
(307) 577-0310