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Planetarium & Learning Center

The Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center inspires exploration through entertaining Dome360 shows and events. But did you know you could take classes there, as well?

The Planetarium and Learning Center 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.

The center has six classrooms and a computer lab where Delta offers many general education classes at times that fit your schedule. Nursing, wellness and, of course, astronomy classes are also available.

Getting there is simple, too. Bay Metro buses stop just a block from the center, making it easy to get to class. 

Now Showing

  • Stars of the Pharaohs Poster
    Stars of the Pharaohs

    Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar and align huge buildings. You’ll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world.

    Stars of the Pharaohs SHOWTIMES

  • Molecularium Poster
    Molecularium

    Molecularium brings kids on a musical cartoon adventure into a nanoscale Universe created from accurate molecular simulation. Here they learn about the three states of matter as they travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form, and count the number of water molecules in a rain drop.

    Molecularium SHOWTIMES

  • Incoming! Poster
    Incoming!

    Scientists aren't waiting for asteroids and comets to come to us to learn more about them. Get an up-close look at spacecraft sent to rocky asteroids and icy comets. You’ll follow the trek of the Chelyabinsk meteor as it entered Earth's atmosphere in 2013 and visualize major shifts in the history of the Solar System billions of years in the making.

    Incoming! SHOWTIMES

  • Edge of Darkness Poster
    Edge of Darkness

    Edge of Darkness features amazing scenes of places never before seen gathered by recent space missions that culminated with groundbreaking discoveries. It features a spectacular flight though the great cliffs on Comet 67P, a close look at the fascinating bright "lights" on Ceres and the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon.

    Edge of Darkness SHOWTIMES

Coming up...

See what shows are playing in February and beyond.

Shows coming Soon


Special Events

There is always something happening at the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center. Explore the universe with unique events that combine shows, presentations, demonstrations and interactive learning opportunities for all ages. 

Total Lunar Eclipse Observing - Sunday, January 20

Weather permitting, come join us on our observation deck to watch a total lunar eclipse. You don't want to miss watching the Moon turn into the Blood Moon! This is a free event.

Details for the Total Lunar Eclipse

Discover the Northern Lights - Friday, February 1

Influenced by activity on the Sun, we’ll examine how the Sun and Earth interact to create the Northern Lights. Tickets are $3 a person.

Details for Discover the Northern Lights

 Gateway to the Stars: The Realm of the Galaxies - Friday, March 1

A live and interactive show that demonstrates how to explore the sky using binoculars and telescopes. We will focus on observing the many galaxies visible in the Spring sky. Tickets are $3 a person.

Details for Gateway to the Stars

Globe

Delta’s planetarium contains one of the world’s most advanced digital theater systems.

Dollar Signs

In 1993, Delta College secured a grant from NASA totaling $8.75 million to fund the design and construction of the Planetarium.

Delta College 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!"

Wendy N.

 

Opportunities & Resources

Astronomy at Delta
  • Outer Space
     Astronomy at Delta

    Astronomy is a fascinating topic, it deals with everything in the known universe! You might want to learn what you can see in the sky by exploring it with binoculars or telescopes. Or, maybe you'd like to dive even deeper into the wonders of the universe.

    Explore Astronomy at Delta

Take Classes at the Planetarium
  • Students in a Computer Lab
    Take a Class at the Planetarium

    You'll love taking classes at the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center. It's easy, convenient and close to home. Plus, you'll have the same resources and great faculty as you would at main campus. You really can't go wrong.

    Search for Classes 

Show Schedule
  • Planetarium Seating
    Experience a show at the Planetarium

    Visit the galaxy from the most comfortable seat in the house. The $8.75 million facility, funded by NASA, houses a state-of-the-art Planetarium Digital 360 theater, with a JVC full dome video laser projection system with Digistar® 6 software housed under a tilted 50 foot domed screen with 146 unidirectional seats.

    See upcoming showtimes

Schools
  • Children at the Planetarium
    Bring a Group to the Planetarium

    A field trip to the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center is an interactive learning adventure for groups of all ages. The shows at Delta's Planetarium bring science to life and encourage an excitement for learning.

    Plan Your Group Visit

Room Rentals
  • The Planetarium Theater
     Plan Your Event at the Planetarium

    Are you looking for an unique location for your upcoming event? The Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center has facilities available for birthday parties, business meetings and, even, weddings. 

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ROOM RENTALS

Special Events
  • Planetarium Lobby
    Special Events 

    From rooftop stargazing to seasonal events, the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center  offers exciting special events throughout the year. 

    See what's coming up

eNewsletter
  • Exterior of Planetarium
    Sign Up 

    Do you want to be the first to know about upcoming shows, special events and Planetarium news? Sign up today to receive our enewsletter.

     

     

Support
  • Planetarium Lobby Floor
    Be a Star – Support the Planetarium

    The Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center has brought the universe to school children, Delta College students and community members since 1997. Funded by a $8.75 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it is one of the most active planetariums in Michigan, offering cultural and educational programs to more than 18,000 visitors each year.

    Upgrades and changes continue to redefine the "Planetarium experience", and Delta College has embraced the latest technology. Our Digistar 6 is the world’s most advanced digital theater system. Bright and sharp images, 4K full-dome video and a new 360-degree projection system allow viewers to see, feel and hear a more dramatic and immersive show than ever before.

    You can Be A Star and support Delta’s state-of-the-art facility! Your donation will be dedicated to supporting the future needs of the Planetarium & Learning Center, from new technology to new programs. You can ensure that future generations will be able to see our universe in its entire splendor.

    There are a total of 621 "stars", located in their respective constellations, embedded in the facility’s lobby. Two sizes of stars are available, along with theater seating. Your financial support entitles you to have your name permanently engraved on one of the "stars" or a Planetarium seat.  Sponsorships are tax-deductible, and can immortalize you, your family members or friends.

    If you are interested in sponsoring a star or a Planetarium seat, contact the Delta College Foundation at 989-686-9224 or email foundation@delta.edu.