TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DISTRICT 60

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, Pueblo School District 60 closed all school facilities due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The governor of Colorado has ordered schools to REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 30D60 has implemented its Distance Learning Plan as of March 30.
Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
Centennial High School
2525 Mountview Drive / Pueblo, Colorado
719-549-7350

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. 
"Invaders of Mars" on tap for May

The May 12th public showing features the most visually striking Evans and Sutherland program in our library, "Invaders of Mars".  Starting from the earliest Earth observations of the red planet,  this program chronicles the space borne invasion of Mars.  An additional program will bring the audience up-to-date on the latest discoveries made by the only active rover, Curiosity. David Furry's What's Up In the Sky highlights celestial events for late Spring and early Summer.

Shows are at 7 and 8 PM.  Adults are $5, Students $2 and those under five-years-old are free of charge.  Cash or checks only please, we cannot accept credit cards. There will be no late seating.

Book a Planetarium program
Public Schools in and outside of Pueblo can visit the Planetarium for a program of their choosing.  Community organizations, service groups and others with 10 or more persons are welcome as well. Click on the BOOK APPOINTMENT button below and follow the prompts.  
MARCH 2020 Southern Colorado Skies

A monthly guide to the brightest planets, as well as a few short astronomical articles, is available https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QDW7bxczWx4W_JRFzaZyfqyiWW8jzQ2K/view?usp=sharing-4nmzuBQEYwo2lFeRWQ.

CONTACT THE PLANETARIUM
You may leave an email at pcsplanetarium@pueblocityschools.us or a telephone message at 719-549-7350. 

Book Appointment


Betelgeuse is brightening again 
The red supergiant
star in the constellation Orion, Betelgeuse, is recovering from its "fainting spell".  Astronomers report the star gaining in brilliance.  Most astronomers were speculating the star's rapid change was due to natural cycles and not a sign of a supernova explosion.  

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Dark matter may be older than the Big Bang


Dark matter, which researchers believe make up about 80% of the universe's mass, is one of the most elusive mysteries in modern physics. What exactly it is and how it came to be is a mystery, but a new study now suggests that dark matter may have existed before the Big Bang. MORE: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190807190816.htm