About Us

Land & Sky Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that we are living, meeting, teaching, learning, and enjoying the night sky as colonizers in the unceded and occupied territory of the Eastern Shoshone, Shoshone-Bannock, Northern Arapaho, Cheyenne and many other indigenous peoples whose past, present and future generations steward these lands and skies. The current arrangement of the stars into constellations that are drawn from the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, as well as from European colonizers in South America are but one of a myriad of arrangements of stars into constellations created by native peoples living in every corner of the globe. Their arrangements of stars into constellations told their own stories and are no less valid than the currently accepted astronomical constellations.  We acknowledge the deep connection to this place including the skies above it established and passed on through innumerable generations living and carrying out their hopes, their dreams, and their lives on these lands and under these skies from which they were forcibly removed. Their stories of the skies predate ours and contain much wisdom. We offer respect to their elders’ past, present and future. We acknowledge the legacies of violence, displacement, migration and settlement that bring each of us together here in the present. 

Anti-Discrimination Statement

Wyoming Stargazing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or disability in our hiring practices, in our programming practices, or in any other aspect of our organization. Despite our best efforts to provide equitable access to our programs, we are acutely aware of how economic disadvantages and other disparities can prohibit students from accessing learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. We want to further our mission of educating and inspiring everyone by promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in STEM. We are also aware that there is currently an imbalance of power among the various demographic groups within our community and within our organization. We are actively trying to make that balance of power more equitable. We always strive to create safe and inclusive spaces for everyone through open and honest communication, compassion, deep listening, and patience. However, we are aware of our own limited perspectives and abilities to be perfectly culturally competent and to get it right every time. We therefore welcome feedback on how the Wyoming Stargazing community can continue to become a safer more inclusive space for all.

Who We Are

We make the Universe come alive!

Wyoming Stargazing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Jackson Wyoming that excels at making the often difficult to understand concepts of astronomy accessible to everyone. We offer public and private stargazing programs, solar astronomy programs, planetarium programs, indoor astronomy presentations, and virtual astronomy programs. You’ll leave our programs with a new understanding of the Universe and a sense of how you are connected to everything in the Cosmos. Don’t forget to look up!


Our Mission

The mission of Wyoming Stargazing is to educate and inspire through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies and the Universe beyond.

From our own personal experience, we know that learning about astronomy has a “wow factor”  that can inspire and motivate learners of all ages to explore their world. We think of astronomy as a “gateway science” for lifelong curiosity, learning, and exploration of all areas of knowledge. We’ve learned that by offering opportunities to learn about astronomy, to learn how to use telescopes, as well as to learn how to build telescopes, people will develop confidence and ownership of their learning. When we unlock an individual’s potential the sky is not the limit!

We reach out to both the many millions of visitors who come through Jackson Hole every year, as well as to local residents. We are particularly interested in promoting nighttime family programming and in assisting our local school districts in promoting scientific literacy. We provide engaging, entertaining, and educational programs that build on the already extraordinary outdoor programs that exist in Jackson Hole. We hope that tourists leave our programs with a stronger sense of what makes Jackson Hole an amazing place; we hope that local residents will look up more often to enjoy the incredible resource we have above our heads; we hope that we can build awareness around the problems associated with light pollution; and we hope that we can light a spark for learners of all ages who might not know that they have any interest in science.

Our Core Values

At Wyoming Stargazing we share a set of common values that guide everything we do as an organization. Whether it’s internal meetings, a stargazing program at night, a solar astronomy program during the day, a planetarium program, an indoor astronomy presentation, or a virtual astronomy program we share our passion for:

Our Goals

Our Objectives


Our Vision: A Unique Observatory and Planetarium in Jackson Hole

Wyoming Stargazing is well on its way to bringing our vision to fruition. Wyoming Stargazing has a shared vision with Snow King Mountain Resort to establish an observatory and planetarium on the summit of the mountain. The Observatory and Planetarium, designed by Jakub Galczynski and FarmerPayne Architects, are part of a larger Snow King Phase 2 Master Plan, which The Town of Jackson recently approved. The United States Forest Service (USFS) has also issued their Final Record of Decision approving the development. Construction began in the Spring of 2022. We anticipate the grand opening of the facility to be in the Fall of 2023. Click here for updates and for renderings of the facility!

The Facility

The Observatory will have a 24′ AstroHaven dome and a telescope with a 1.0-meter mirror built by PlaneWave Instruments. This will be one of the largest state-of-the-art telescopes in the world dedicated primarily to public outreach. The planetarium will have an 8-meter dome with roughly 30 seats and a state of the art digital projection system from one of the leaders in planetarium design. There will also be a theatre/classroom space and a gallery with interactive exhibits. Wyoming Stargazing hopes to use this facility to reach our goal of impacting 1 million students through in-person and virtual programming by the year 2030.

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