Seasons Greetings

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Celebrate the Seasons!

The winter solstice is when the sun is lowest in our sky, but there are reasons to look up all year long. Discover the nature of our seasons and why the winter solstice has long been a time of celebration in this live star show.

As we gaze up to the winter sky, we’ll also look back at how cultures are united in celebration during the winter season and how these celestial sights still influence our holidays today.

Average Show Length: 40-45 minutes

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This live show will:

  • Investigate the cause of seasons on Earth
  • Explore the significance of solstices and equinoxes
  • Explain the difference between the solar and lunar calendars
  • Share cultural celebrations and rituals centered on the winter solstice
  • Identify winter stars, patterns, and phenomena visible in the northern hemisphere

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Showtimes

Sun. Dec 6
Mon. Dec 7
Thu. Dec 10
Fri. Dec 11
Sat. Dec 12
Sun. Dec 13
Mon. Dec 14
Thu. Dec 17
Fri. Dec 18
Sat. Dec 19
Sun. Dec 20
Mon. Dec 21

Sunday, December 06

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Monday, December 07

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Thursday, December 10

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Friday, December 11

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Saturday, December 12

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Sunday, December 13

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Monday, December 14

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Thursday, December 17

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Friday, December 18

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Saturday, December 19

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Sunday, December 20

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

Monday, December 21

Planetarium: Seasons Greetings
11:30 am
3:15 pm

 

The Grand Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn will meet in the night sky over St. Louis on December 21, 2020. This event, called the Grand Conjunction, only occurs every 20 years!

A “conjunction” is when two objects share the same right ascension in the sky. The two planets will appear exceptionally close together this year.

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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, which is located on 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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