By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The first part of a major renovation to the Buhl Planetarium at the Carnegie Science Center is complete.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 31 New Coronavirus Cases, No Additional Deaths
Phase one of the multi-million dollar project involved a major technological upgrade to, as the Carnegie Science Center says, make the planetarium more immersive and realistic.
“This technology enables us to provide magnificent educational programs to wide-eyed school children, amaze adults with astronomic details, and reestablish Pittsburgh as a destination for public space exploration,” Henry Buhl, Jr., Director of Carnegie Science Center Jason Brown, said.
The upgrades will also improve accessibility with assistive listening devices, closed captioning glasses, and “handheld star globes” to provide a “tactile representation of the night sky.”
The Buhl Planetarium will reopen this Saturday.READ MORE: Highland Park Bridge Ramp Closure On Rt. 28 Now In Effect As Construction Project Gets Underway
The Science Center is also unveiling a new feature in its Miniature Railroad and Village display.
The new model honors the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Pittsburgher Daisy Lampkin, with an image of her and her home in the Hill District.
Lampkin was one of America’s leading suffragists and a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
“I am so excited to help celebrate this new and creative way to honor the amazing contribution that my grandmother made to this community and to American history,” Lampkin’s grandson, Earl Childs, DDM, said in a news release.MORE NEWS: How To Shop Smart As Amazon Prime Days Get Underway
The Science Center is currently open, but with limited occupancy.