The Delta College Planetarium inspires exploration through entertaining Dome360 shows and events. But did you know you could take classes there, as well?
The Planetarium is located in the heart of downtown Bay City, at the beginning of historic Center Avenue. It is within walking distance to Wenonah Park, numerous restaurants, coffee houses, shops and the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library.
Tickets now available online
To celebrate the debut of online ticketing, adult show tickets are available at a $2 discount (online only). Check the show titles below and click on the “Showtimes & Tickets” button to make your purchase.
Perfect Little Planet
Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.
The Little Star That Could
The Little Star that Could is a story about an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he will learn about other stars and how stars come together to form clusters and galaxies.
Mysteries of the Great Lakes
The film highlights the stories of three key species from water, air and land. We will also touch on the human interface with the Lakes including the role of shipping to commerce and the use of the Great Lakes’ water by millions of people.
Discover what it takes to be an astronaut. Join "Chad," our test astronaut, as he discovers what effect space travel has on the human body and the danger that lurks once we leave Earth's atmosphere.
Journey to three world-class observatories in Chile’s rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert—remote, extreme regions that happen to have the perfect conditions for astronomical research. Along the way, you’ll meet an inspiring cast of astronomers, engineers, technicians, and support staff who keep these mega-machines running.
The Secrets of Gravity
The young magician’s apprentice, Luke, is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than his boring magic spells. So, one night he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum, where he meets ALBY, a small, quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein. ALBY takes Luke on a magical journey of discovery through time and space, during which they uncover the secrets of gravity.
The Search for Life in Space
The Search for Life will make you re-examine such fundamental questions as: “Where did we come from?”, “How did we get here?” and “Are we alone?”
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the final Apollo moon landing, and the Apollo Moon Program in general, this free photo exhibition will be available in the main atrium lobby through the end of the year.
Get the best view of the fireworks from our rooftop observation deck, along with parking and special dome shows, all while supporting the educational mission of the Planetarium. Includes snacks and souvenirs from local businesses. Tickets are $65.
Join planetarium staff and volunteers for an afternoon of demonstrations, special shows, take-home guides and displays to celebrate the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope! Its capacity to see in the infrared will allow astronomers to peer further back in time than any other observatory. The event will include a livestream panel discussion of NASA experts, as well as a display of our Webb Student Art Contest winners.
At the Dark Sky Preserve near Port Austin with the support of local astronomy clubs and park staff. Weather permitting, visitors will get to observe through telescopes and binoculars from a truly dark sky site! Includes watching for the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower. Backup night Saturday, July 30 in case of inclement weather.
Have you ever wanted to see the Aurora Borealis? Here is your chance to find out what causes the “Northern Lights” and how to observe them. Since they are tied to storm activity on the Sun, we’ll examine the Sun-Earth connection and why our magnetic field is key in creating this phenomenon. But we’ll also look at the stories and folklore of the aurora, from Canada and Scandinavia to the southern hemisphere where they are known as the Aurora Australis.
Delta’s planetarium contains one of the world’s most advanced digital theater systems.
In 1993, Delta College secured a grant from NASA totaling $8.75 million to fund the design and construction of the Planetarium.
The exterior “cone” shape of the Planetarium theater represents a rocket exhaust nozzle.
"A great venue in the middle of the city. The 360 screen puts you right in the show!"