"The Invisible Universe" Planetarium Sky Drama
(Foreign Language Festival Version)
At Pittsburgh's Original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

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"The Invisible Universe" was one of the topical planetarium shows performed in the Theater of the Stars of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. "The Invisible Universe" provided the public information regarding astronomical research using radio telescopes: Radio Astronomy, as opposed to the visual and photographic astronomy, using regular telescopes, most members of the general public are more accustomed to seeing. This particular version of "The Invisible Universe" was specially designed for Buhl Planetarium's annual Foreign Language Festival, performed for foreign language school class student groups 1980 February 18 to 28. A regular English-language version was also available for viewing by the general public at this time--Winter of 1980 (showings began on 1980 January 16).

"The Invisible Universe" Planetarium Show Script
(Foreign Language Festival Version)
Presented: 1980 February 18 to 28 at
Pittsburgh's Original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
(Courtesy: F.G. Graham)

The following are "The Invisible Universe" (Foreign Language Festival Version) scripts used by long-time Buhl Planetarium Lecturer Francis G. Graham. These are the scripts used by Mr. Graham in February of 1980. The scripts were written by then-Buhl Planetarium Director Paul Oles.

Planetarium Lecturers were not expected to narrate these scripts in foreign languages. Mr. Oles commissioned foreign language instructors from local schools or colleges to narrate the sky show on audio tape, in the languages offered during the Festival: Spanish, French, and German. The pre-recorded narration would play during the sky show, while the Planetarium Lecturer would simply control the star, slide, and video scenes from the Planetarium Control Console, according to the script provided. In the script, there were certain "word cues" (English-language word cues) for the Planetarium Lecturer handling the Control Console, so planetarium lecturers did not have to understand the foreign language in the narration.

There were two scripts given to Planetarium Lecturers, for performing a Foreign Language Program planetarium show. The first, shorter script was simply a technical script describing all of the technical aspects for operating the Planetarium Control Console during the show. The second script was a narration script, providing the Planetarium Lecturer with all of the narration (including the "word cues"), pre-recorded on the audio recording. This script provided this narration in the English language.

Technical Script

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Narration Script (in English language)

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