Gateway to the Solar System

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Our gateway to the solar system is your own backyard!

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.

Come discover your Gateway to the Solar System in this live Star Show!

Average Show Length: 40-45 minutes

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Welcome back to your science center. To our guests, members and donors, learn about how you can Explore Safe here.

This live show includes:

    • What a solar system is
    • Observations that people through the ages have made using the nighttime sky
    • Discoveries within our solar system and of new solar systems
    • Where to find planets and other objects in the St. Louis sky
    • Past, present, and future planetary phenomena

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Showtimes

Thu. Apr 15
Fri. Apr 16
Sat. Apr 17
Sun. Apr 18
Mon. Apr 19
Thu. Apr 22
Fri. Apr 23
Sat. Apr 24
Sun. Apr 25
Mon. Apr 26
Thu. Apr 29

Thursday, April 15

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, April 16

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, April 17

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, April 18

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, April 19

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, April 22

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, April 23

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, April 24

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, April 25

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, April 26

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, April 29

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Did we find life on Venus?

Scientists may be getting warmer in the search for life in the cosmos. Research released on September 14, 2020 in the journal of Nature Astronomy suggests the discovery of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus – a possible signature of microbial life on our planetary neighbor.

While an exciting discovery, much is still unknown about Venus and further research is necessary to determine the true cause of these phosphine gas concentrations.

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Star Show Pricing

This is a paid experience.

Ages

Price
Members FREE*
Children (ages 2-12) $5
Adults (ages 13-59) $6
Seniors (ages 60+) $5
Military $4
Combo (1 Planetarium ticket & 1 OMNIMAX Ticket*)
*Available for purchase at the box office only.
$13.95

Groups (10 or more): $5 for school groups, $5 for all other groups

Group Visit Information

Up to 8 Free tickets every day based on membership level
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Location

Star Shows take place in the Star Bay, the 2nd floor, of the Planetarium. Access is available through the stairs or elevator from the main Planetarium lobby.

Membership

Members stargaze for free.

Love the Planetarium? Become a Science Center member and watch star shows for free with every visit, as well as get a full year of additional members-only benefits.

Plus, members help support the Science Center and our mission to make science learning open to everyone.

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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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