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 west Mountview Drive side of the building. All other doors are locked to the outside.
Planetarium Shows Information
The Planetarium is open for daytime shows by reservation only. To reserve a time for your group of 10 persons or more, please call the Planetarium at 719-549-7350 or e-mail the Planetarium staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the Calendar page to see open dates and times. Include your name, name of your group or organization, number of persons, and a contact e-mail or telephone number. If the group is school age, please indicate grade level or ages
SCHOOL GROUPS & OTHER GROUPS
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.
MONTHLY PUBLIC PLANETARIUM SHOWS
The Planetarium offers monthly shows to the public on the third Tuesday* of every month. There will be two shows each evening. The show times are 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Dates - September 20 - 7:00 p.m. "Secrets of the Sun" 8:00 p.m. "New Horizons"
October 18 - "Stars of the Pharaohs"
November 15 - "Seven Wonders"
December 13* - "Mystery of the Christmas Star"
January 17 - "Invaders of Mars!" followed by information about Mars and Neptune
Under the care of Emmy award winning space artist, Don Davis, this beautifully crafted show highlights our ongoing exploration of Mars. We explore the Martian surface as seen by Earth’s various spacecraft “invaders” and use the data gathered to explore the red planet as only CGI can. We fly over the great chasms, canyons and volcanoes, descend amid the ice of a Martian polar cap and are buffeted by swirling dust devils. Blinded by the planet-wide storms which engulf this world from time to time we emerge to discover a whole new world which is the red planet Mars. The invaders have landed!
In addition to the program, there will be a tour of the constellations and planets - especially Mars! - that can be seen in the January sky.
February 21 - "Ice Worlds" followed by a tour of winter constellations
March 14* - "Wonders of the Universe"
April 18 - "Cosmic Safari"
May 16 - "Journey to Infinity"
Adults - $5.00 Children - $2.00 PCS, PCC, CSU-P students w/ school ID - $2.00
Reservations are accepted.
* second Tuesday of the month to accommodate PCS instructional calendar
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 Christa McAuliffe Planetarium goes multi-lingual!
The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in cooperation with the Centennial High School World Languages Department completed a make-over of its production “Our Neighbors In Space” this week. The long project incorporated German and Spanish with a new English narration.
German student Freia Siegel and Spanish teacher Trudy Wejebe-McDowell translated the English script then narrated it in their respective languages. These narrations were recorded and placed in a revamped sound track. The whole process took about four months to complete.