Our Vision: A Unique Public Observatory & Planetarium in Jackson Hole
For several years, Wyoming Stargazing has advocated for and promoted an observatory and planetarium on the summit of Snow King Mountain. Now, Snow King Mountain Resort LLC. is helping us bring that vision to reality. The Observatory and Planetarium, designed by FarmerPayne Architects and Jakub Galczynski, are part of a larger Snow King Phase 2 Master Plan, which The Town of Jackson recently approved. The United States Forest Service (USFS) announced their preferred alternative based on their Environmental Impact Assessment in October of 2020 and issue a final ruling approving the development in the summer of 2021.
As of June 2022 CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN!!! Check out the progress below…
The Facility is currently under construction on the summit of Snow King Mountain. It will be completed by the fall of 2023. The Observatory will have a 24′ AstroHaven dome and a 1.0-meter PlaneWave telescope. The telescope will be one of the largest state-of-the-art telescopes in the world dedicated primarily to public outreach. The Facility will also include a Spitz 8-meter digital planetarium with 30-seat capacity, a classroom/theater space, galleries with interactive exhibits, and event space. The facility will be an iconic science learning center in the Rocky Mountain West. 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.
Click here to see a gallery of renderings of the facility.
Construction Progress Livestream and Photos
Our Starlink satellite receiver is having some issues. Starlink is sending us a new one. We’ll have only intermittent streaming capabilities until then. We’ll get it running smoothly again ASAP.