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Full List of Buhl Planetarium Shows

Buhl Planetarium is closed for renovations and will reopen on Fri., April 1.

Fly to the Moon, soar to Saturn, gaze at the stars, and traverse distant galaxies without leaving Pittsburgh! Buhl Planetarium offers a variety of planetarium shows designed to delight, educate, and inspire visitors of all ages! Check our calendar for show times.

Planetarium astronomy shows are free to members and are included in general admission. 

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the show as the show begins promptly at the start time. To ensure a quality experience for our guests, we do not allow late entries.

Space Volcanoes

Mount Vesuvius

Travel from Pompeii to Pluto in a planetarium tour of volcanoes on Earth and in space! Celebrate the festival of Vulcan’s forge in the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii. When in Rome, explore the planets in the night sky on the eve of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius – then voyage to different planets to see how their volcanoes compare! Explore the mighty mountains of Mars and Venus, and even visit the ice volcanoes of Enceladus and Pluto!

Mission to Mars

Perseverance landing on Mars

A special 20-minute program during March and April 2021!

NASA’s latest and greatest robot has landed on Mars and you can be a part of the excitement! Blast off from Earth to explore Martian canyons, mountains, and polar ice caps. Retrace the mission’s harrowing journey through the Martian atmosphere, triumphant touchdown, and exploration of Jezero Crater! Explore the science and engineering of the new Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter. This new mission to Mars will be brought to life with brand new planetarium animations. You will even discover where to spot the Red Planet in the evening sky. It is the next best thing to being there!

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NEW! Big Astronomy

Explore the world-class observatories nestled in northern Chile’s mountains and learn why Chile, with its beautiful mountain ranges and clear, cloudless skies, create an ideal environment for studying the cosmos. It takes many people with diverse backgrounds, talents, and skills to run a world-class observatory. Meet a few of these people as they share the wonder of the sky–and the excitement of discovery.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.

While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.

Fly Me to the Moon

The Moon

Rocket to the Moon in a brand-new Buhl Planetarium show! Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s one small step onto the lunar surface and learn about the Pittsburghers who helped make this giant leap possible. Join our Mission Control team and play a part in this interactive voyage to the Moon. Then blast off with the Saturn V rocket, and marvel at the lunar landscape from orbit.

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Storytime Under the Stars

Early learners and their grown-ups are invited to enjoy science-themed stories under a starry sky! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the stars and the storytelling, under a bright and beaming Moon in our planetarium.

Storytime Under the Stars is a 15-minute program for early learners and their grown-ups.

Expedition: Solar System

Solar System

Content Themes: Astronomy, Robotics
Join Quasi the Robot, your loveable robot sidekick, on a theatric adventure through the Solar System! 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 expanding our knowledge!
Grades: 1–4

Mars Madness

View of Mars

Content Themes: History of Science & Science Fiction; Planetary Geology
Join in the fun with Foley Effects to recreate the chilling Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds! Join the search for Martian life, in fact and fiction. Discover how robots are teaching us about the Red Planet, paving the way for Earthlings to “invade” Mars in the future!
Grades: 4–8

Stars Over Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh skyline at night

Content themes: Celestial Patterns, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies, Regional Science
Take a guided tour through the current night sky in this live presentation. 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

Colorful nebula and stars

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Go on a tour of the universe without leaving Pittsburgh! A live presenter will be your guide as you travel beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy to the farthest reaches of our cosmos.
Grades: 5–12

SolarQuest: Living with Our Star

Photograph of The Sun in space

Content themes: Time, Space, Gravity, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Journey to our neighborhood star, the Sun! Explore space weather and the Sun-Earth environment. Learn how solar physicists use the Solar Dynamics Observatory to help predict solar storms. This experience is two shows in one! After the 10-minute narrated journey to the Sun, take a 20-minute tour of stars in the current night sky, guided by a planetarium educator.
Grades: 4–12

Cosmic Collisions

A sombraro galaxy and stars

Content themes: Time, Space, Gravity, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Cosmic collisions have created many things we take for granted: the glowing Moon, the Sun’s warmth, our changing seasons, and the ocean’s rolling waves. They ended the age of the dinosaurs and changed the very map of the cosmos. Learn how these catastrophic and constructive events shaped our world.
Grades: 4–8


An astronaut space walking with the Earth in the horizon

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: 3–8

For group bookings, add a planetarium show to your package for just $2 per person! Shows can be booked for visits Monday through Friday. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.

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