Shows are hourly on the half hour and include:

  • A 25 minute dark sky Planetarium Show* in the Orthwein StarBay.
  • A self-guided tour of the *Boeing Space Station to Learn about living and working in space after the show.

*All Boeing Space Station exhibit areas are closed during the dark sky Planetarium Shows. Guests will be asked to gather in the Orthwein StarBay during this time.

Schedule

Summer Schedule Beginning May 23

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium is closed for service September 8 - 12, 2014.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

  10:30am 11:30am 12:30pm 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm
Mon. Moon Rock Live Sky Tonight Little Star That Could Live Sky Tonight Mr. Hubble's Universe Live Sky Tonight Metal Moons
Tues. Moon Rock Live Sky Tonight Little Star That Could Live Sky Tonight Mr. Hubble's Universe Live Sky Tonight Metal Moons
Wed. Moon Rock Live Sky Tonight Little Star That Could Live Sky Tonight Mr. Hubble's Universe Live Sky Tonight Metal Moons
Thurs. Moon Rock Live Sky Tonight Little Star That Could Live Sky Tonight Mr. Hubble's Universe Live Sky Tonight Metal Moons
Fri. Moon Rock Live Sky Tonight Little Star That Could Live Sky Tonight Mr. Hubble's Universe Live Sky Tonight Metal Moons
Sat. Moon Rock Live Sky Tonight Little Star That Could Live Sky Tonight Mr. Hubble's Universe Live Sky Tonight Metal Moons
Sun.       Live Sky Tonight Mr. Hubble's Universe Live Sky Tonight Metal Moons

Open Late 'til 8 on Thursday this summer beginning June 5

  5pm 6pm 7pm
Thursday Upstairs Galleries Open to the Public Upstairs Galleries Open to the Public Live Sky Tonight

 

Shows are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm show availability during the times listed.

For reservations: 800.456.SLSC x4424 or 314.289.4424

Planetarium Show Prices

Members: FREE
Non-Members
Adults: $6
Children and Seniors: $5
Military: $4

Show Descriptions

Metal Moons

Born in a time of intense political intrigue, satellites have been circling the earth since the late 1950's. Today’s world has become heavily dependent on these “metal moons” some of which are even visible from your own backyard! See "Metal Moons" TODAY and learn more about artificial satellites and find out how you can actually spot some of them orbiting high overhead.

Click here to view the trailer. 

Moon Rock

"Shake the Planetarium. Do the Moon Rock!” Rock out with second-grader Emily and her rock star friends “The Cosmic Rays” as she learns all about the Moon in this new musical created especially for the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for grades K – 2.

Click here for the trailer.

Teachers: This show is recommended for grades K – 2

The Little Star That Could

The story of an "average" star who travels the universe in search of planets. Along the way he makes many discoveries about stars, planets, galaxies and himself. This show is recommended for early childhood age, and is a great show for early childhood groups.

Click here for the trailer. 

Find out more about Feeling the Stars (a version of The Little Star That Could adapted for children who are blind or have low vision), visit our blog

Teachers: this show is recommended for grades K-2.

Mr. Hubble's Universe

The Hubble Space Telescope was named after one of the most influential astronomers of our time, Edwin Hubble. Take a tour of our Universe revealed by Mr. Hubble's Telescope as it unravels the mysteries of the cosmos.

Click here to view the trailer. 

Teachers: This show is recommended for grades 6 - 12.

Live Sky Tonight

Come visit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for this all live show featuring our Carl Zeiss Mark IX Planetarium projector showing a brilliant simulated night on our 80 foot dome.  In this show we will feature what is currently visible in the night sky including constellations, planets, current Moon phase and any other special astronomical events such as meteor showers or comets, etc.  We will also feature current space exploration such as the rovers on Mars.

Teachers: This show is recommended for all age groups and can be tailored to fit a particular age group.