Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
Centennial High School
2525 Mountview Drive
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
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 is open for scheduling through the remainder of the school year.
please go to www.mcauliffeplanetarium.com to schedule custom programs.
February is Mars month as the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium features the Evans and Sutherland program "Invaders of Mars". The program follows the history of Mars exploration by orbiting and landing spacecraft. A short feature will bring the audience up to date on NASA's two active Mars rovers. The public programs will be on Tuesday evening, February 17th.
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.
Programs start at 7 and 8 PM. Tickets will be sold at the door.
$5.00 for adults
$2.00 for students (ages 5 - 18) or with a current student ID.
Those under the age of 5 are admitted free.
Sorry, there is no late seating
Please note: Program vocabulary and content are appropriate for ages 8 and above.
The Rosetta Orbiter continues its science mission
While the search for the Philae lander continues, the Rosetta Orbiter is studying comet 67-P/CG.
Philae's batteries were exhausted after 57 hours in the cold invironment.
Sensors on the lander recorded surface temperatures of -243 degrees F.
Mission planners hope increased sunlight as the comet gets closer to the Sun will enable the lander to "wake-up" and begin sending surface data again.
The lander did discover organic chemicals in the thin "atmosphere" around the comet nucleus. Some scientists believe these chemicals sparked life on Earth.
Philae's third and final landing place is still unknown. Mission specialists continue to study magnetic signals recorded during the three bounces in an effort to pinpoint the washing machine sized lander.