Planetarium Shows

Experience the largest artificial sky in the Western Hemisphere

Star Shows in the Orthwein Starbay Theater are your gateway to the stars and beyond. Let the beauty of a clear, dark sky be your window into the universe as one of our skilled Planetarium Presenters leads each audience on a live exploration of the cosmos.

Shows are offered on a variety of topics and include a 40-45 minute live Planetarium program powered by our world-class ZEISS Universarium Mark IX star projector underneath our 80-foot dome.

After each show, explore the exhibit galleries on the 2nd and 3rd levels of the McDonnell Planetarium available only to guests who attend a Star Show.

Live. Current. Unforgettable.

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. Feb 3
Fri. Feb 4
Sat. Feb 5
Sun. Feb 6
Mon. Feb 7
Thu. Feb 10
Fri. Feb 11
Sat. Feb 12
Sun. Feb 13
Mon. Feb 14
Thu. Feb 17
Fri. Feb 18
Sat. Feb 19
Sun. Feb 20
Mon. Feb 21
Thu. Feb 24
Fri. Feb 25
Sat. Feb 26
Sun. Feb 27
Mon. Feb 28

Thursday, February 03

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Friday, February 04

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Saturday, February 05

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Sunday, February 06

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Monday, February 07

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Thursday, February 10

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Friday, February 11

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Saturday, February 12

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Sunday, February 13

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Monday, February 14

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Thursday, February 17

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Friday, February 18

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Saturday, February 19

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Sunday, February 20

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Monday, February 21

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Thursday, February 24

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Friday, February 25

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Saturday, February 26

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Sunday, February 27

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Monday, February 28

Planetarium: The Constellations
11:30 am
3:15 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky Tonight
12:45 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am
Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
2:00 pm

Now Showing at the McDonnell Planetarium

The Constellations – Limited Time!

NOW SHOWING: Thursday – Monday at 11:30am and 3:15pm

Constellations are your map to the night sky. These patterns have been passed down from culture to culture and help us locate objects of interest in astronomy while providing us a way to travel back in time to explore the people who gazed upon these same stars before us.

Explore the patterns that change overhead throughout the year in this live star show!

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Live Sky Tonight

NOW SHOWING: Thursday – Monday at 11:30am and 3:15pm

Relax under the clearest night sky in St. Louis as our skilled presenters lead you on tour of the best the night has to offer.

This live show is different every time, so stop back again to discover the changing stars, planets, and other celestial events visible from your own backyard.

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Gateway to the Solar System

NOW SHOWING: Thursday – Monday at 2:00pm

Exploring the solar system – and worlds beyond our own – is not science fiction. Gateway to the Solar System empowers audience members to discover planets, moons, and more by simply looking up.

Discover where the planets are tonight and more about our solar system that you can observe from your own backyard in this live star show.

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The Little Star that Could

NOW SHOWING: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday at 10:15am

A tradition in St. Louis for over 30 years! Developed for our youngest stargazers, experience the timeless story of an “average” star in search of what makes him special. Along his journey, we will discover the differences of stars, planets, and galaxies in the night sky. Note: Not a live performance.

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Membership

Members stargaze for free.

Love the Planetarium? Become a Science Center member and watch star shows for free with every visit, as well as get a full year of additional members-only benefits.

Plus, members help support the Science Center and our mission to make science learning open to everyone.

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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.

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