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.

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

Friday, April 26

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, April 27

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, April 28

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, April 29

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, April 30

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

Wednesday, May 01

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

Thursday, May 02

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm

Friday, May 03

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 04

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 05

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 06

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 07

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 08

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

Thursday, May 09

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
10:30 am
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
11:30 am
3:30 pm

Friday, May 10

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 11

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 12

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 13

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 14

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

Wednesday, May 15

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 16

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 17

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 18

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 19

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 20

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 21

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 22

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 23

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 24

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 25

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 26

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 27

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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

Tuesday, May 28

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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

Wednesday, May 29

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, May 30

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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

Friday, May 31

Planetarium: Live Sky: The Constellations
1:30 pm
Planetarium: Live Sky: Mission Mars
2:30 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, June 01

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

Sunday, June 02

The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
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 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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