For 70 years, the Buhl Planetarium has served as a state-of-the-art
facility and a model for planetariums around the world.
was the fifth planetarium to open in the United States back in 1939.
In 1988, it merged with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh to create
Carnegie Science Center, which opened in 1991. The “new
Buhl” has served as a state-of-the-art facility and a model for
planetariums around the world.
The Buhl Planetarium has established
itself internationally as a leading creator of quality planetarium
programs with innovative content. The planetarium has created and distributed
more than 400 shows that are seen throughout the United States and
on four other continents. Buhl shows have been translated into 18 languages.
Hughes has been a member of the staff of Buhl Planetarium since 1982. He
has been the planetarium producer for the last 8 years. James
coordinates the many aspects of Buhl’s astronomy based multimedia
productions including scriptwriting, computer graphics and illustration,
music selection and show installation. His productions include:
The Search for Life In The Universe, narrated by Leonard Nimoy; On
Orbit, a virtual training mission to the International Space Station
using Buhl’s 5 button interactive audience response system;
Circus In the Stars, one of the first full length all dome educational
shows; and The New Cosmos, an exploration of the past 100 years of
astronomy – narrated by Arthur C. Clarke. James also
had the opportunity to create a preschool program, The Sky Above
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood with fellow Pittsburgher Fred Rogers.
For the past 12 years James has coordinated the sale and distribution
of Buhl Planetarium shows to nearly 400 planetarium facilities in
39 US states and 22 countries on 5 continents. He has seen
these programs translated into 19 foreign languages.
In 2006, James
oversaw the installation of a new DigitalSky 2 full dome video system
from Sky Skan Inc. featuring the first permanent installation of
Sony SXRD projectors. James production and
programming skills have also been requested by others in the international
planetarium community and he was made a Fellow of the International
Planetarium Society in 2000.
Malerbo is the education coordinator for the Buhl Planetarium and
Observatory. He is also a planetarium lecturer and staff educator
at the Carnegie Science Center. He has presented hands-on astronomy
and aerospace programs for educators and students for the past 20
years. Dan has written some of the Buhl’s most popular shows
and currently writes a weekly “Stargazing” and science
column for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Mancuso is a production specialist and DigitalSky programmer for
the Buhl Planetarium. Since the installation of the planetarium’s
full-dome projection system in 2006, Frank has worked to showcase
the visual impact of the new system in the planetarium shows. Frank
is also a planetarium presenter and lecturer, and expert guide at
the Buhl Observatory.