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.

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Now Showing at the McDonnell Planetarium

Science of the Zodiac – NEW

The 12 constellations of the zodiac hold a special place in our popular culture, but what makes these patterns different than any of the others found among the stars?

Explore how to observe these constellations and how they have shaped humanity’s scientific understanding of the sky in Science of the Zodiac!

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military

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Gateway to the Solar System

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.

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military

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Live Sky Tonight

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.

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military

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The Little Star that Could

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

Pricing
  • Free for Members
  • $6.00 Non-member adults
  • $5.00 children/seniors
  • $4.00 military

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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. Oct 18
Thu. Oct 21
Fri. Oct 22
Sat. Oct 23
Sun. Oct 24
Mon. Oct 25
Thu. Oct 28
Fri. Oct 29
Sat. Oct 30
Sun. Oct 31
Mon. Nov 1
Thu. Nov 4
Fri. Nov 5
Sat. Nov 6
Sun. Nov 7
Mon. Nov 8
Thu. Nov 11
Fri. Nov 12
Sat. Nov 13
Sun. Nov 14
Mon. Nov 15
Thu. Nov 18
Fri. Nov 19
Sat. Nov 20
Sun. Nov 21
Mon. Nov 22

Monday, October 18

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Thursday, October 21

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Friday, October 22

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Saturday, October 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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Sunday, October 24

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

Monday, October 25

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Thursday, October 28

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Friday, October 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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Saturday, October 30

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Sunday, October 31

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

Monday, November 01

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Thursday, November 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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Friday, November 05

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Saturday, November 06

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Sunday, November 07

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

Monday, November 08

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Thursday, November 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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Friday, November 12

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Saturday, November 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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Sunday, November 14

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

Monday, November 15

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Thursday, November 18

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Friday, November 19

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Saturday, November 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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm

Sunday, November 21

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

Monday, November 22

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
12:45 pm
Planetarium: Science of the Zodiac
2:00 pm
Membership

Members stargaze for free.

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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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