Buhl Planetarium

Peirce SkyWatch Scholarship
Peirce SkyWatch Scholarships are available to qualifying schools for field trip experiences that include a planetarium show. Call 412.237.3400, the press 7, for more information.

Educational programs sponsored by:

Buhl Planetarium Shows

Shows are available for group bookings Monday through Friday. Add a show for just $2 per person!

Talk with us about which shows are available on your selected date. Register early for best selection!

 

New! Back To The Moon For Good

This full-dome immersive planetarium show previews the current race by teams from around the world to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. The teams are competing for the largest incentive prize in history, the Google Lunar X-Prize. Audiences will 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.

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Special "Undaunted" Screening

First Saturday of every month
6 pm

See Dan Handley's hour-long documentary, "Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory," at the Buhl Planetarium. Narrated by Pittsburgh native and actor David Conrad, the film chronicles Pittsburgh's role in solving some of the mysteries of the universe. A leader in astrophysics dating back to the 1800s, the observatory at Riverview Park was a place where researchers discovered and studied planets outside the solar system.

The cost is $2 for members and non-members and includes admission to Observatory Skywatch – stargazing from the rooftop, using Science Center telescopes – when weather permits.

 

New! Astronaut

Content themes: Space, Gravity, Human Body Systems, Technological Designs Systems, Technological Designs
Discover what it takes to be an astronaut! Learn about astronaut training, experience a rocket launch from inside the body, and discover the perils that lurk in space.
Grades 4-8

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The Little Star that Could

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Learn about the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars as you try to discover the identity of a very special yellow star.
Grades: 1–3

 

The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Explore familiar objects in the sky with Mister Rogers and your favorite characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
Grades: PreK–2

 

New! Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Explore the entire electromagnetic spectrum as you discover the many reasons for color-like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf, journey inside the human eye, and voyage a monstrous black hole. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light.
Grades: 5–8

 

Navigating with Lewis & Clark

Content themes: Navigation, History
Discover the first great scientific expeditions of our young nation as we explore how Lewis and Clark used both the day and night sky to find their way in the wilderness. Students will learn about the patterns of Earth's movement, rotation, and revolution.
Grades: 4–9

New! Infinity Express

How big is the universe? Where does it end? Are we alone? These questions and more are tackled in Infinity Express. The 20-minute full-dome planetarium show, narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne, takes you on a journey through space and time to gain a better understanding of the Universe, which is slowly offering up its secrets.
Grades: 6–8

 

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Content themes: Solar System, Space Exploration, Stars & Galaxies
Students will join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy as they get an in-depth look at the mission and how NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) space probe is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary.
Grades: 7–12

 

The Christmas Star

Content themes: Stars & Galaxies, Solar System
As you watch this holiday tradition and decide if the wondrous star shining over Bethlehem two thousand years ago was an astronomical event, students will learn about the formation, and life cycle of stars and discover the familiar patterns of stars in the night sky.
Grades: 1–9

 

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Have a blast with Elmo and Big Bird in our newest planetarium show, One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. Elmo and his friend, Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street®, go on an exciting trip to discover the Sun, Moon, and stars. At the end of the show, Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu pick a friendship star to celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky. It's a perfect show for kids ages 4–6 and for all who are young at heart.

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Zeke's Dazzling Sky

Content themes: Solar System
Join Zeke, the friendly alien, as you look closely at the daytime and nighttime skies and sing songs about the weather, stars, and rainbows.
Grades: PreK–2

 

New! Beginners' Guide to the Universe

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Using the stunning graphic capabilities of the Buhl Planetarium, visitors will take a guided tour of the night sky and travel beyond our solar system and even beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy to the farthest reaches of our cosmos.
Grades: 3–6

 

Circus in the Stars

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Using the Big Top as the backdrop, tour the constellations. Watch as major seasonal star patterns are transformed into their circus counterparts. Learn about the structure, formation, and life cycle of stars as they discover the familiar patterns of stars in the night sky.
Grades: 3–6

 

Far Out Space Places

Content themes: Solar System, Space Exploration
Students will go on a virtual vacation as they witness extreme destinations like the Mariner Valley on Mars, experience the winds of Neptune, and visit the original lunar landing site of the Apollo astronauts.
Grades: 4–12, tailored to specific grades

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Stars Over Pittsburgh

Lights out, heads up, stars on! This live show guides you through the current night sky, showing you how to locate the planets and constellations you can see from your own backyard.
All Audiences

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A Brief Mystery of Time Laser Show

Content themes: Time, Space, Gravity, Light, Black Holes
Have you ever asked yourself, "What is time?" Learn about the science, history, and 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!