All Public Telescope Viewings are canceled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates when the Science Center reopens.

Star Parties

The St. Louis Astronomical Society hosts public Star Parties at our First Friday events. Weather permitting, a number of telescopes will be set up and operators will be on hand to answer questions. Regardless of the weather outside, indoor events are scheduled and held inside McDonnell Planetarium’s Orthwein StarBay.

These events feature an extended version of our popular star show Live Sky: Tonight where we feature what is currently visible in the night sky including constellations, planets, current Moon phase and any other special astronomical events such as meteor showers or comets, etc., using our ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM Model IX projector.

2020 Star Party Schedule

Telescope Viewing Begins
Theater Opens
Live Sky Tonight
February 77:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
March 67:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
April 37:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
May 17:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
June 57:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
July 37:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
August 77:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
September 47:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
October 27:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
November 67:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm
December 47:00 pm6:45 pm7:00 pm