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 of 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. Jan 28
Fri. Jan 29
Sat. Jan 30
Sun. Jan 31
Mon. Feb 1
Thu. Feb 4
Fri. Feb 5
Sat. Feb 6
Sun. Feb 7
Mon. Feb 8
Thu. Feb 11
Fri. Feb 12
Sat. Feb 13
Sun. Feb 14
Mon. Feb 15
Thu. Feb 18
Fri. Feb 19
Sat. Feb 20
Sun. Feb 21
Mon. Feb 22
Thu. Feb 25

Thursday, January 28

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
11:30 am

Friday, January 29

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, January 30

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, January 31

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 01

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 04

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, February 05

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, February 06

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, February 07

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 08

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 11

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, February 12

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, February 13

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, February 14

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 15

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 18

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, February 19

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, February 20

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, February 21

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, February 22

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, February 25

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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