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 Packages

Up to 30% Savings

Discovery Pass
Flight Pass
OMNIMAX® Theater TicketOMNIMAX® Theater Ticket
Planetarium Star Show TicketPlanetarium Star Show Ticket
Discovery Room TicketFlight Simulator Ride Ticket
$17.95$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 July 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. Jun 25
Wed. Jun 26
Thu. Jun 27
Fri. Jun 28
Sat. Jun 29
Sun. Jun 30
Mon. Jul 1
Tue. Jul 2
Wed. Jul 3
Thu. Jul 4
Fri. Jul 5
Sat. Jul 6
Sun. Jul 7
Mon. Jul 8
Tue. Jul 9
Wed. Jul 10
Thu. Jul 11
Fri. Jul 12
Sat. Jul 13
Sun. Jul 14
Mon. Jul 15
Tue. Jul 16
Wed. Jul 17
Thu. Jul 18
Fri. Jul 19
Sat. Jul 20
Sun. Jul 21
Mon. Jul 22
Tue. Jul 23
Wed. Jul 24
Thu. Jul 25
Fri. Jul 26
Sat. Jul 27
Sun. Jul 28
Mon. Jul 29
Tue. Jul 30
Wed. Jul 31
Sun. Aug 4

Tuesday, June 25

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
12:30 pm

Wednesday, June 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
12:30 pm

Thursday, June 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
12:30 pm

Friday, June 28

Planetarium: Live Sky: Moon
11:30 am
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
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Saturday, June 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
12:30 pm

Sunday, June 30

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, July 01

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

Tuesday, July 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: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 07

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, July 08

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 14

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, July 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
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Tuesday, July 16

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
11:30 am
4:30 pm
Planetarium: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

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

Thursday, July 18

Planetarium: Live Sky: Moon
2:30 pm
Night Sky
Planetarium: Live Sky: Tonight
3:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm

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

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

Sunday, July 21

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, July 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: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Tuesday, July 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: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

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

Thursday, July 25

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

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

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

Sunday, July 28

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, July 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: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

Tuesday, July 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: Campfire Star Stories
12:30 pm
Planetarium: Metal Moons
4:30 pm
The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:30 am

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

Sunday, August 04

The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
12:30 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 - Coming July 1

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.

Become a Member

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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