Planetarium Shows

Experience a beautiful, realistic, simulated night on our 24-meter dome.

Come visit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and see a star show featuring our ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM Model IX projector, the first and only in the Americas to use brilliant, sustainable LEDs. Shows are hourly on the half hour and include a 30-minute Planetarium show in the Orthwein StarBay and a self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station after the show.

Price

This is a paid experience.

Adults (ages 13-59): $6
Children (ages 2-12) / Seniors (ages 60+): $5
Military: $4
Members: Free

Planetarium SHows

Current Star Show Schedule

Shows are subject to change. Please call ahead at 314.289.4400 to confirm show availability during the times listed.

Thu. Nov 15
Fri. Nov 16
Sat. Nov 17
Sun. Nov 18
Mon. Nov 19
Tue. Nov 20
Wed. Nov 21
Fri. Nov 23
Sat. Nov 24
Sun. Nov 25
Mon. Nov 26
Tue. Nov 27
Wed. Nov 28
Thu. Nov 29
Fri. Nov 30
Sat. Dec 1
Sun. Dec 2
Mon. Dec 3
Tue. Dec 4
Wed. Dec 5
Thu. Dec 6
Fri. Dec 7
Sat. Dec 8
Sun. Dec 9
Mon. Dec 10
Tue. Dec 11
Wed. Dec 12
Thu. Dec 13
Fri. Dec 14
Sat. Dec 15
Sun. Dec 16
Mon. Dec 17
Tue. Dec 18
Wed. Dec 19
Thu. Dec 20
Fri. Dec 21
Sat. Dec 22
Sun. Dec 23
Mon. Dec 24
Wed. Dec 26
Thu. Dec 27
Fri. Dec 28
Sat. Dec 29
Sun. Dec 30
Mon. Dec 31

Thursday, November 15

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Friday, November 16

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Saturday, November 17

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Sunday, November 18

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 pm

Monday, November 19

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Tuesday, November 20

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
11:30 am
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Wednesday, November 21

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Friday, November 23

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Saturday, November 24

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Sunday, November 25

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 pm

Monday, November 26

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Tuesday, November 27

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Wednesday, November 28

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Thursday, November 29

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Friday, November 30

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Saturday, December 01

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Sunday, December 02

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 pm

Monday, December 03

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Tuesday, December 04

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Wednesday, December 05

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Thursday, December 06

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Friday, December 07

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Saturday, December 08

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Sunday, December 09

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 pm

Monday, December 10

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Tuesday, December 11

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Wednesday, December 12

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Thursday, December 13

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Friday, December 14

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Saturday, December 15

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Sunday, December 16

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm

Monday, December 17

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Tuesday, December 18

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Wednesday, December 19

Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
11:30 am
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm

Thursday, December 20

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Friday, December 21

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Saturday, December 22

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Sunday, December 23

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm

Monday, December 24

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am

Wednesday, December 26

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Thursday, December 27

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Friday, December 28

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Saturday, December 29

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Sunday, December 30

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm

Monday, December 31

Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Show Descriptions

Live Sky: Magnificent Moon (Premium Show)

In this star show we will explore a few of the myths, phenomena, misconceptions and hoaxes related to the Moon and the Apollo Program to better understand our silent neighbor in space and to show how anyone can study and explore the Moon from our backyards. After the star show visitors can join Planetarium staff as they continue to explore concepts related to the Moon through demonstrations.

Live Sky: The Constellations

For ancient astronomers, the constellations were not only the products of scientific pursuits but often times also served as a means to understand their world and their very existence. Cultures around the world developed rich traditions seeped in astronomy that included their own interpretation of the constellations. Join us for this live presentation as we explore all about the constellations in our night skies.

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. We also offer Feeling the Stars, a version of The Little Star That Could adapted for children who are blind or have low vision. Please call 314.289.4400 for more information.

Live Sky: Tonight

See what is currently visible in the night sky including constellations, planets, the 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.

Metals 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.

Live Sky: Mission Mars

People have been fascinated with Mars from the time humans began observing the planet thousands of years ago. Learn how observing the red planet has helped us develop a better understanding of solar system and our place with in it. See how humans have observed Mars through the aid of telescopes and robotic explorers and experience how future astronauts may view stars from a Mars base.

Members stargaze at a discount.

Save on Planetarium star shows with a Saint Louis Science Center membership.

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Accessibility

Elevators and ramps serve all public areas of the McDonnell Planetarium.

We also offer hearing assist devices for Planetarium star shows. When ordering tickets, please let your reservationist know you’re interested in a hearing assist device, or speak with a Planetarium team member before your program begins.

With advance notice, the Planetarium offers Feeling the Stars, a custom tactile program for visitors with vision impairments that pairs with The Little Star That Could.

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