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Laser Shows

This is LIVE! Be dazzled with brilliant colors and rockin' music at the Buhl Planetarium each day when our laserists choreograph sight-n-sound spectacles of full-dome proportions to your favorite music!

Members $2 per show
Non-members $8 for one show; add a second laser show or an Omnimax movie for just $5

Laser shows are presented most Friday and Saturday nights; some are shown in matinees.

Groups of 15 or more receive a special discount to Laser Shows. Call for details.

Currently playing in the Buhl Planetarium


Brief Mysteries of Time

Do you ever ask yourself what is "time"? Learn about the science behind time, and our cultural perceptions of time, in this awesome LASER light show. Explore black holes, worm holes, the speed of light, and the possibilities of time travel. Entertaining songs keep the mood light. Time is sure to fly when you're having this much fun with the entire family!

See Brief Mysteries of Time Showtimes

 

Laser Michael Jackson

Love Michael Jackson? "Don't stop till you get enough"... with our newest, family-friendly Michael Jackson laser show. Filled with vibrant laser colors and the late singer's greatest hits, the King of Pop comes alive once more with "ABC," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and more. Come check it out for just $8 ($2 for members!), or pair it with another laser show for a Double Feature Laser price of $13. It's "easy as 1, 2, 3!"

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Laser Beatles

Nearly 50 years later the British Invasion has landed in Pittsburgh once again! Take the epic journey and follow George, Paul, John, and Ringo all the way from Please Please Me's "Twist and Shout" to Abbey Road's "Octopus' Garden". Prudence, Lucy, and Sgt. Pepper will all be there too. This is a music affair you and the family won't want to miss!

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Midnight Floyd

A Buhl Planetarium classic! Midnight Floyd features a different mix of Pink Floyd albums every week, with songs from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and more. You may have seen Floyd in recent decades, but never like this! LASER liquid skies and full dome digital imagery will have you immersed in a Floyd experience like you've never had before!

See Midnight Floyd Showtimes

 

The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd

Experience Pink Floyd in a show as vibrant and diverse as their entire discography. Featuring selections from many of their hit albums (including Wish You Were Here, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, The Wall, and Animals), Welcome to the Machine captures the many flavors of Pink Floyd and displays them in a rich and engrossing feast for the eyes and the ears sure to leave any Floyd fan satisfied!

See The Best of Laser Floyd Showtimes

 

Laser Led Zeppelin

Need your classic rock fix? Then bring your air guitar skills as we rock out with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and the rest of the English superstar band aboard their Starship. There will be loads of stars, lasers, and insane dome visuals that will make you think you're moving!

See Laser Led Zeppelin Showtimes

 

Laser Daft Punk

The duo has added a new member to their electronic-house band: LASERS! Get into the beat as we synergize Daft Punk music with modern photons to create our own synthpop movement. You'll hear, and SEE, hits from all three eras – Homework, Discovery, and Human After All – including "Da Funk," "Digital Love," "One More Time," and more.

See Laser Daft Punk Showtimes

 

Laser OutKast

The legendary duo Big Boi and André 3000 rock the planetarium dome with this unequaled hip-hop experience. Full of funk, soul, heavy beats, and hits like "Hey Ya" and "Roses," Laser OutKast promises to put on a show unlike any other.

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Laser SkrillStep

Drift along post-electro landscapes while witnessing a head on collision with robotic breakbeats as tightly wound Dubstep samples uncurl, slicing through a fusion of vocals and instrumentation when elements of sub bass suddenly lurch and pulsate through the air. His name is Skrillex and he has won countless awards, including three Grammys with a nomination for Best New Artist. Now Carnegie Science Center brings you Laser SkrillStep with searing colors and imagery all created by our team of world class laser artists. See, Hear, and Feel Laser SkrillStep!

See Laser SkrillStep Showtimes

 

Our New System

The new projection system features three high powered, solid state, laser projectors – each the size of a ream of paper pictured here – that deliver on-dome visuals and 3D atmospheric effects that fill the air above the audience. Each laser appears many, many times brighter than the old argon gas system. These projectors are built exclusively by Laser Fantasy International, a Seattle-based company.

In addition to stunning new laser light capabilities, the new laser projection system is also "green." The new technology uses less electricity than the Science Center's previous laser system and does not require flowing water to be cooled. The Science Center will save approximately 300,000 gallons of water per year and more than 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity – representing about 500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Laser shows are presented most Friday and Saturday nights as well as daily matinees.

Groups of 15 or more receive a special discount to Laser Shows. Go to our group pricing page for more information.



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