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.

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

Sunday, December 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
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 pm

Monday, December 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

Tuesday, December 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
11:30 am
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Wednesday, December 19

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

Thursday, December 20

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 21

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 22

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 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
3:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 pm

Monday, December 24

Magnificent Moon
Planetarium: Live Sky: Magnificent Moon
12:30 pm
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

Wednesday, December 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
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Thursday, December 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
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Friday, December 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
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Saturday, December 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
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Sunday, December 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
3:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 pm

Monday, December 31

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

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.

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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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