Peculiar Pittsburgh

Jeff Goldblum — yes, that Jeff Goldblum — is the new voice of Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium

Star power among the planetarium’s stars.

Credits include: Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Buhl Planetarium shows.

Credits include: Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Buhl Planetarium shows.

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Rossilynne Culgan

As a kid growing up near Pittsburgh, Jeff Goldblum visited Buhl Planetarium, a place that honed his sense of awe and sparked his curiosity.

Now, the famed actor’s voice greets visitors at Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium before laser shows, planetarium shows, and SkyWatch programming.

“Welcome. Welcome, welcome, welcome to you because here you are at the Buhl Planetarium, which we like to say is a theater of the stars,” Goldblum says in the recording. “I grew up in Pittsburgh, and when I visited the Buhl Planetarium, I think that’s where I, at least partly, located my sense of wonderment and curiosity.”

Here’s a snippet — you’ll have to visit the planetarium to hear the rest.

This all came about on a whim a few weeks ago.

Ralph Crewe, program development coordinator of Buhl Planetarium & Observatory, thought that it might be fun and meaningful to have a famous Pittsburgher introduce the shows. Then he thought about Jeff Goldblum’s “amazing voice.” So he decided to find Goldblum’s agent and send a message asking if the Pittsburgh-area native would record a greeting.

He expected to hear nothing in return — or to receive some lawyerly contract.

And yet, one hour later, he received a “yes” answer from the agent.