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Delta College Planetarium

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.


Now Showing

  • Perfect Little Planet
    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.

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  • Stars
    Stars

    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.

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  • The Little Star That Could
    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.

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  • Mysteries of the Great Lakes
    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.

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  • Astronaut
    Astronaut

    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.

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  • Big Astronomy
    Big Astronomy

    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.

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  • The Secrets of Gravity
    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.

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  • The Search for Life in Space
    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?”

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Special Events

“Many Inspired Steps” Photo Exhibition - June 25 through December 31

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.

*SOLD OUT* Fourth of July Fireworks Fundraiser - Saturday, July 2 from 8-11pm

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.

FIREWORKS FUNDRAISER

James Webb Space Telescope First Look! - Saturday, July 16 at 2pm

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.

Dark Sky Observing at Port Crescent State Park -  Friday, July 29 at 9pm 

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.

See the Northern Lights - Friday, August 6 at 7pm

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.

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.

    Search for Astronomy classes

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. 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 140 unidirectional seats.

    See upcoming showtimes

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

    A field trip to the Delta College Planetarium 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 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 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 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, 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.