21+ STARRY NIGHTS kicks off celebration of Buhl Planetarium’s 75 years


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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 17, 2014 – Carnegie Science Center is inviting adults to leave the kids at home for 21+ Starry Nights, a special evening of astronomy-themed events on Friday, Sept. 26, from 6 – 10 pm.

Throughout the evening, guests can scale a 21-foot “zero” gravity climbing wall, explore a two-story walk-in replica of the International Space Station, try on a replica flight suit, and pose for a green screen photo anywhere in the galaxy. Weather permitting, the Science Center’s rooftop observatory will be open for a chance to gaze through a telescope to see amazing celestial objects.

Visitors can watch Planetarium show “Back to the Moon for Good” about the quest for private companies – including one from Pittsburgh – to land on the moon. The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will be on site to answer questions and show off their breathtaking astronomical images.

The event features several live performances, ranging from an improv performance to a live science show about how astronauts’ bodies work in space.

The event is the kickoff for this fall’s celebration of the Buhl Planetarium’s 75th anniversary. The evening will include a special Planetarium show commemorating Buhl’s history. Henry Buhl Jr. (1848—1927) was a Pittsburgh philanthropist who established The Buhl Foundation “for the well-being of the citizens of Pittsburgh and the County of Allegheny.” The foundation supports education, human services, youth programs, and economic development. It established Buhl Planetarium, the predecessor organization of Carnegie Science Center, in 1939.

As always, 21+ Night features music, cash bars, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits – with no kids!

Participants get a discount on Omnimax films and laser shows that evening.

The cost of the event is just $10 with advance registration before noon on the day of the event or $15 after noon at the door. Guests will receive a voucher for $15 in free slot play at the Rivers Casino when they arrive, while supplies last.

21+ Nights are sponsored by Trib Total Media, and Bob and Q92 Radio.

For more information or to register, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.3400.


About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.


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