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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Members can get their free tickets to the Planetarium by logging in online.

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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

Buy Tickets Now

Members can get their free tickets to the Planetarium by logging in online.

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Showtimes

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

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, October 21

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, October 22

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, October 23

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, October 24

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, October 25

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, October 28

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, October 29

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, October 30

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, October 31

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, November 01

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, November 04

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, November 05

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, November 06

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, November 07

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, November 08

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, November 11

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, November 12

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, November 13

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, November 14

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, November 15

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Thursday, November 18

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Friday, November 19

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Saturday, November 20

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Sunday, November 21

Planetarium: Gateway to the Solar System
12:45 pm

Monday, November 22

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

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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