Special Events:

Great Lakes Star Gaze:

September 17 - 20 Learn More


Observe the Moon Night:

Saturday, September 19 starting at 8pm on our Observation Deck (weather permitting).  Free activities and observing related to International Observe the Moon night.

Total Lunar Eclipse Observing:

Sunday, September 27 - 9:00pm to 11:30pm

A total eclipse of the moon will be visible, turning the moon from bright gray to blood red.  Naked eye, binocular and telescope viewing will be available (weather permitting) from the Delta College Planetarium Observation Deck.

Seeing in the Dark:


Seeing in the Dark: Tales of an Amateur Astronomer

A Special Show by Mike Murray, Manager of the Delta College Planetarium

Friday, October 2 at 7:00pm


Amateur astronomy has been one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country for the last few decades.  Why is that?  What gets people so “hooked” on astronomy and the night sky?


Actually there are many reasons.  For some, it’s just a naturally fascinating subject.  Look at how many non-science major college students enroll in introductory astronomy courses to satisfy their general science requirement.  Maybe it was a camping experience where you saw the Milky Way or a “shooting star” for the first time.  Or something that happened in the space program, like the Pluto flyby, photos from Mars or a Hubble Space Telescope image.


The reasons may be different but the inspiration to explore the sky has one common thread – a curiosity to discover more of nature’s secrets and feel a personal connection to the universe.


High quality observing equipment is now more widely available, and at affordable prices.  But as you’ll see, you don’t have to own a big telescope and lots of computer gear to enjoy amateur astronomy.


In this special dome show, Mike Murray, the new manager of the Delta College Planetarium, will recount his moments of both motivation and challenges as an avid amateur astronomer. From naked eye observing to getting your first telescope, Mike will demonstrate that there’s something for every age and any skill level when it comes to star gazing.  Topics will include binocular observing, “star hopping,” astronomy clubs, star parties, choosing your first telescope, observing techniques, how to use star charts, and much more.

Admission is free!  Please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time - seating is limited to theater capacity.  

Explore the legends of love told by ancient cultures about constellations and other sky objects. - See more at: http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/things-to-do/special-activities/carolina-skies-valentine-edition#sthash.6sAXkaVy.dpuf
Explore the legends of love told by ancient cultures about constellations and other sky objects. - See more at: http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/things-to-do/special-activities/carolina-skies-valentine-edition#sthash.6sAXkaVy.d

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