• Buhl Planetarium Shows
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Buhl Planetarium

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Buhl Planetarium Shows

Planetarium shows are free to members and are included in the general admission price. For group bookings, add a planetarium show to your package for just $2 per person! Shows can be booked for visits Monday through Friday. Talk with us...

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New this Spring!


Expedition: Solar System (Available April 15, 2017)

Back to the Moon for Good

Content Themes: Astronomy, Robotics
Join Quasi the Robot, your loveable robot sidekick, on an interactive journey through the Solar System! The Buhl Planetarium becomes imaginary spaceship and you will become its crew! This show combines live theatric demonstrations and stunning visuals. Choose your own adventure as we travel to the International Space Station, the canyons and mountains of Mars, the rings of Saturn, and even the heart of Pluto! Meet the fleet of NASA robots who are expanding our knowledge of other worlds to new frontiers!
Grades 1–3

 

Mars Madness (Available March 15, 2017)

Mars

Content Themes: History of Science & Science Fiction; Planetary Geology
Join in the fun in our Foley Effects studio to recreate the chilling Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds! Travel through time and learn how our understanding of Mars has changed in fact and fiction. Learn how robots and lasers are carving a new path of discovery on the Red Planet today. This show combines live theatric demonstrations and stunning planetarium visuals.
Grades 4–8

 

For the Youngest Scientists


One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Based on the popular children's show Sesame Street®, this cross-cultural planetarium show provides an introduction to astronomy as Elmo and his friend, Hu Hu Zhu, from the Chinese production of Sesame Street, go on an exciting adventure to discover the Sun, Moon, and stars.

Grades: PreK–2
Made possible by PNC Foundation.

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Astronomy Adventures


Stars Over Pittsburgh

Stars Over Pittsburgh

Content themes: Celestial Patterns, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies, Regional Science
Take a guided tour through the current night sky. Students will learn how to locate the planets and constellations in their own back yard, as well as the phases of the Moon.
Grades: 3–12

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Beginners' Guide to the Universe

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Go on a guided tour of the night sky without leaving Pittsburgh! Travel beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy to the farthest reaches of our cosmos.
Grades: 3–12

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Featured Shows


SolarQuest Live! (returning January 2017)

Back to the Moon for Good

Content themes: Time, Space, Gravity, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Explore the closest star, our Sun, and its effect on the Sun-Earth environment. Learn how the sun creates space weather and other solar phenomenon and explore how solar physicists use the Solar Dynamics Observatory to help predict solar storms.
Grades: 4–12

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Cosmic Collisions

Content themes: Time, Space, Gravity, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Cosmic collisions are a universal force of nature, both destructive and creative. They have created many things we take for granted – the glowing Moon, the Sun's warmth, our changing seasons, and the oceans' rolling waves. They ended the age of the dinosaurs and changed the very map of the cosmos, reforming galaxies and giving birh to new stars and new worlds. Learn how these catastrophic and constructive events have shaped our world and our universe.
Grades 4–8

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Astronaut

Astronaut

Content themes: Space, Gravity, Human Body Systems, Technological Designs
Find out what it takes to become an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, experience a rocket launch from inside an astronaut’s body, and discover the perils that lurk in space.
Grades 4–8

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Back To The Moon For Good

Back to the Moon for Good

Content themes: Space Exploration, Technological Advances, Engineering & Innovation
Learn about the current race by teams from around the world to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. Discover what needs to be done to land on the Moon and what other requirements must be accomplished to win the Lunar X-Prize. The show also chronicles the history of early lunar missions and provides a glimpse into future exploration.
Grades 3–8

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Seasonal


The Haunting Halloween Sky

Sept. 26 – Oct 31, 2016
Content themes: Stars & Galaxies, Solar System
Discover the myths and superstitions of this ancient astronomical holiday while exploring the night sky and the universe for your favorite ghosts and goblins.
Grades: 4–8