Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
Centennial High School
2525 Mountview Drive / Pueblo, Colorado

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  west Mountview Drive side of the building. All other doors are locked to the outside. 

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

The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium is now open for the 2017-2018 School year.  Class or group  reservations for ten or more persons can be made using Snap Appointments.  Instructions to book an appointment are on the page.  Simply click the "Book Appointment" button below to access the page.
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The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium feature for March thirteenth is “Violent Universe”.  This program examines just some of the ways the Universe can destroy life on earth. It is narrated by Patrick Stewart who played Captain Jean Luc Picard in “Star Trek, The Next Generation”.  His calm English manner contrasts with the sudden and grim events he speaks about.   The program will also feature a star walk of the early spring sky.  David Alexander will be your host.

The March 13th evening programs will be at 7 and 8 O’clock.  Reservations are not required and there will be no late seating.   Adults are $5, students $2, and those under 5 years old are free.  Payment can be by cash or check, the Planetarium cannot accept credit cards. Access the building through the Main entrance by the flag pole on the West side of the building.

Voyager 1 alive and ticking in interstellar space!

Voyager 1, launched in September of 1977, is still active as the longest living spacecraft to date.  The venerable craft is so far from Earth that it takes signals more than 19 and-a-half hours to reach Earth.  At 40 years old, some thrusters that keep the craft's antenna oriented toward Earth are wearing out. Other thrusters not used in some 37 years were tested to take over the job and worked well.  Mission controllers say this change will add two years or more to the mission.  Without thrusters the craft will begin to tumble and its signal would be lost.