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Carnegie Science Center announces naming of Asteroid to honor Henry Buhl

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Carnegie Science Center to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Buhl Planetarium this Fall

Asteroid number “1990 AA” has recently received a name change by the International Astronomical Union. From this time on, it will be referred to as “Henrybuhl” in honor of Henry Buhl Jr. (1848 – 1927) who was the Pittsburgh philanthropist who established the Buhl Foundation “for the well-being of the citizens of Pittsburgh and the County of Allegheny.”

Among its many services to the community, the foundation supports education, human services, youth programs and economic development as well as the establishment of the Buhl Planetarium that was the predecessor organization of the Carnegie Science Center in 1939.

This fall, the Carnegie Science Center will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Buhl Planetarium which will include recognition of the newly named asteroid (also known as a minor planet).

It was the Science Center staff with assistance from the Minor Planet Center of Harvard University who asked that an asteroid be named after Henry Buhl Jr. as a way to honor his legacy. The International Astronomical Union (the group responsible for naming planetary objects then approved “Henrybuhl” as the permanent designation on June 13, 2014.

“It’s fitting that something of the magnitude and permanence of an asteroid would honor Henry Buhl’s legacy,” said Ann Metzger, co-director of Carnegie Science Center.

“Over the course of his life, Henry Buhl made such significant contributions to the planetarium, science education, and the community. It’s truly gratifying to honor his impact in this way,” said Ron Baillie, the Science Center’s other co-director.

The previously unnamed asteroid was discovered in 1990 by T. Hioki and S. Hayakawa in Okutama, Japan. It’s one of millions of asteroids in the solar system.
Asteroid “Henrybuhl” will join a legion of Pittsburgh-named asteroids, including “Misterrogers,” “Myroncope,” “Carnegia,” “Warhol,” and “Pittsburghia.”

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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