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

Summer Value Package

Up to 30% Savings

1 Virtual Reality Transporter Ticket
Planetarium Star Show Ticket
1 Flight Simulator or 1 360 Ride Ticket
$17.95

Summer Value Packages are available at the Science Center or over the phone. Call us at 314.289.4400 to reserve your package or purchase them at our Box Office in the main lobby or Planetarium lobby today.

Offer available only until November 28, 2019
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.

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

Tuesday, August 20

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Wednesday, August 21

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Thursday, August 22

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Friday, August 23

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Saturday, August 24

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Sunday, August 25

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, August 26

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Tuesday, August 27

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Wednesday, August 28

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Thursday, August 29

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Friday, August 30

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Saturday, August 31

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Sunday, September 01

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 02

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Tuesday, September 03

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 04

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Thursday, September 05

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 06

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Saturday, September 07

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Sunday, September 08

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 09

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Tuesday, September 10

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 11

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Thursday, September 12

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 13

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Saturday, September 14

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Sunday, September 15

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 16

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Tuesday, September 17

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 18

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Thursday, September 19

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 20

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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: Campfire Star Stories
10:30 am

Saturday, September 21

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Sunday, September 22

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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

Saturday, September 28

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm

Sunday, September 29

Planetarium: Live Sky: 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, September 30

Planetarium: Live Sky: Moon
2:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Show Descriptions

Live Sky: Magnificent Moon

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.

Campfire Star Stories

Developed for Young Learners, gather around the campfire and discover the many changes we see when day changes to night throughout the year. Hear the seasonal sounds of nature and see stars twinkle across the sky as the wonders of the Earth’s cycle are revealed.

Members stargaze for FREE!

Members can watch star shows for FREE every day at the Planetarium 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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