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.

Great Lakes Star Gaze in Gladwin

Thursday, September 29 - Sunday, October 2

Experience dark skies close to home at the 14th annual Great Lakes Star Gaze at the River Valley Campground in Gladwin, Michigan. At night, you will see nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies like never before with the new 29" dobsonian telescope (AKA Dobzilla) that will be available to look through. During the day, there will be a number of astronomy related talks and discussions by experts in the field. The keynote speaker will be Jerry Dobek, PhD from Northwestern Michigan College and he will discuss astrophotography and light pollution. To register or see more information about the Great Lakes Star Gaze, visit their website.

"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.

Telescope Observing at the Bay City State Park

Friday, October 28 at 7:00pm


The Planetarium, Sunset Astronomical Society and the Bay City Recreation Area have teamed up to offer a special talk and telescope viewing at the Bay City State Park on Saginaw Bay. The program starts at 7:00pm in the visitor’s center, rain or shine. Observing (weather permitting) begins at 8:00pm.


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