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 cannot accept credit cards, cash or check only.
The Planetarium is closed for the Summer.
please go to www.mcauliffeplanetarium.com to schedule custom programs for the next school year starting in September.
With the end of the 2014-2015 school year the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium will close for June, July and August. Our next publc program will be September 15, 2015. Existing program requests will be honored but no new requests will be taken for the Summer months.
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.
The Rosetta Orbiter update 03-31-2015
The Rosetta Orbiter continues its studies of comet 67-P/CG.
So far the spacecraft discovered the water on the comet is unlike that on Earth. This has scientists questioning the theory that Earth's water was delivered by comets.
Nitrogen atoms are now found by Rosetta in the comet's outgassing. This is the first time the element has been discovered since Rosetta began its studies.
The Lander Philae is still silent. Mission operators still hold out hope the lander will get enough sunlight to recharge its batteries and renew studies of the comet's changing surface.
In other news, the Dawn spacecraft is in orbit around the planetoid Ceres. It is mapping the surface features of this body which scientists think is about 25 percent water.