Special Events:

Gateway to the Stars

First Friday of the month at 7:00pm



A new series about telescopes and observing...

Ever wondered how to observe deep space objects with a telescope? Or what you can see in binoculars? Join the Delta College Planetarium for a unique tour of the sky through the eyes of a practiced amateur astronomer. “Gateway to the Stars” is a new lecture series hosted by Delta College Planetarium Manager and veteran stargazer, Mike Murray, that will help audiences better understand and enjoy the night sky and discover many of its hidden wonders.

“Gateway” highlights some of the most prominent objects in the night sky each month, using them as examples to teach observing techniques that will help maximize the stargazing experience.

Audiences will learn to navigate using basic tips and techniques involved in stargazing. Mike will use the planetarium to demonstrate how to get around the night sky by becoming familiarized with the stars and constellations, planets and other galactic objects visible to the naked eye. Viewers will then learn to explore deep sky wonders like double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies to gain insight and perspective on the different components of our universe.

This innovative and interactive experience combines the digital dome theater, space imagery and the current night sky to give viewers a primer on one of the most popular hobbies. “Gateway to the Stars” plays on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the show are specially priced at only $3.

After the show, visitors are invited to join us in the planetarium’s exhibit lobby for a look at how to use different kinds of telescopes.


NASA: The Future of the Space Program

Friday, September 9 at 7:30pm


The Space Shuttle era may be over but NASA is busy with the next phases of both unmanned space probes and human spaceflight. This live dome theater presentation looks at some of those plans and why we continue to explore beyond the earth. Show is free of charge.

"Journey to Mars" One Day Science Camp

Saturday, October 8 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


4th-6th graders learn about spaceflight, surviving on Mars, stargazing, and they will build their own telescope to take home. The cost is $40 per child and advance registration is required. Please call (989) 667-2260 to register.


International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday, October 8 at 8:00pm

  


This annual event features viewing the moon from the planetarium’s rooftop observation deck with telescopes and binoculars (weather permitting). There will also be activities to help visitors see and identify interesting lunar features as well as other night sky wonders. Observing is free of charge.

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Gateway to the Stars

Our monthly series explores the art of stargazing with binoculars and telescopes.

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