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. 


The McAuliffe Planetarium and the Pueblo City County Library District are joining together in September and October.  The Rawlings Library in Pueblo and the Pueblo West Library in Pueblo West are hosting an exhibition entitled “Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths”. It is sponsored by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute, along with NASA’s Universe of Learning, Caltech/IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Sonoma State University.  The exhibits feature video Kiosks, interactive stations and panels detailing the search beyond the Solar System for “life as we know it”.  The exhibits will be at the libraries through October 18th.

 In conjunction with the library exhibits, the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium will have four free public showings.  They will be September 11th and October 9th.  The two evening programs each night will be at 7 and 8 PM.  The feature will be “Cosmic Safari”, an exploration of what life might be like on planets outside our Solar System.  It is narrated by John Delancy.  A short subject on the Kepler space craft and the latest science developments will follow.

Reservations are required for these free shows.  Email or call 719-549-7350 to reserve seats for these shows.   

The Planetarium is located in Centennial High School at 2525 Montview Drive in Pueblo.  Planetarium access is through the main doors on the west side of the building by the flag pole. 

Day shows are available as well.  Click the button below to reserve a program time.  The planetarium telephone number is 719-549-7350.

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The Mars Rover Opportunity is "hunkered down" waiting out a planet-wide dust storm

The planet Mars is in the last stages of a planet-wide dust storm that has obscured the planet's service from orbiting satellites and Earth.  Opportunity is waiting out the storm, unable to signal Earth due to low battery power.  The sturdy little rover has been on Mars for some 14 years and driven more than 25 miles in that time. 
Scientists hope the rover will wake up after the storm passes and the weak sunlight recharges its batteries.