Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
Centennial High School
2525 Mountview Drive
719-549-7350
pcsplanetarium@pueblocityschools.us


The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium is located at Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colorado. The Planetarium has been in existence since the school was opened in 1974 and has seen several major renovations and upgrades to its seating and technology. The most recent renovation in 2008 - 2009 has resulted in new, interactive seating; a state of the art Bowen sound system, Christie DS2 projection system, and programming. The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium is one of only a handful of high schools in the United States that has the Evans & Sutherland Digistar 3 programming and Digital Theater system.

The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium has seating for 60 including two handicapped accessible seating areas. Access to the building is through the "main doors" located on the Mountview Drive side of the building. All other doors are locked to the outside.

SCHOOL GROUPS & OTHER GROUPS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 
2015-2016
Scheduled Program Times (Monday through Friday)
9:15 AM        10:15 AM         11:15 AM         1:15 PM

There will be a $2.00 per student charge for out-of-district groups.
The Planetarium cannot accept credit cards, cash or check only.

The Planetarium is now accepting reservations for September.  Reservations can be made by going to  to www.mcauliffeplanetarium.com and scheduling there, emailing pcsplanetarium@pueblocityschools,us with a request, or calling 719-549-7350 and leaving a message.  In all cases please leave a contact name, telephone number or email address, the organization involved and a short description of the program requested.  All calls and emails will be returned as soon as possible.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS 

 Our next public program will be September 15, 2015.  There will be two showings at 7 and 8 PM.  There is no late seating.  The price remains $5 adults, $2 students with ID, and under 5 free. 

The planetarium is located at  Centennial High School, 2525 Mountview Drive. 

Enter through the main entrance doors which are located  
on the west side of the building.


Please note:  Program vocabulary and content are appropriate for ages 8 and above.

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