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.
Mon. Nov 29
Thu. Dec 2
Fri. Dec 3
Sat. Dec 4
Sun. Dec 5
Mon. Dec 6
Thu. Dec 9
Fri. Dec 10
Sat. Dec 11
Sun. Dec 12
Mon. Dec 13
Thu. Dec 16
Fri. Dec 17
Sat. Dec 18
Sun. Dec 19
Mon. Dec 20
Tue. Dec 21
Wed. Dec 22
Thu. Dec 23

Monday, November 29

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

Thursday, December 02

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

Friday, December 03

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

Saturday, December 04

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

Sunday, December 05

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

Monday, December 06

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

Thursday, December 09

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

Friday, December 10

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

Saturday, December 11

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

Sunday, December 12

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

Monday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 16

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

Friday, December 17

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

Saturday, December 18

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

Sunday, December 19

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

Monday, December 20

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

Tuesday, December 21

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

Wednesday, December 22

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

Thursday, December 23

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

Now Showing at the McDonnell Planetarium

Seasons Greetings – For a Limited Time

NOW SHOWING: Thursday – Monday at 12:45pm

A holiday favorite!

The winter solstice is when the sun is lowest in our sky, but there are reasons to look up all year long. Discover the nature of our seasons and why the winter solstice has long been a time of celebration in this live star show.

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Gateway to the Solar System

NOW SHOWING: Thursday – Monday at 12:45pm

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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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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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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