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Astronomy

Astronomy is a fascinating topic, it deals with everything in the known universe!

The Andromeda Galaxy


You may simply be curious to find out what you can see in the sky from your backyard at night or what it's like to explore the sky with a telescope. Or, you'd like to dive even deeper into the wonders of the universe.

Michigan has a lot of astronomy resources. The Sunset Astronomical Society is a club in our local area and there are many others throughout the state. There are a number of planetariums and observatories to visit in addition to the Delta College Planetarium here in Bay City. Astronomy classes are even offered right here at Delta College.

Sky Treasures

Home Activities from The Delta College Planetarium

During this time of needed isolation, the planetarium has been using its social media platforms to inform everyone, including children, students, adults and families, of the online (fun!) learning opportunities that are available.

NASA at Home

The main landing page for the whole agency; look under “Kids and Families.” Tours, ebooks, videos, be a scientist among other things.

Visit NASA at Home

Science Never Stops

A series of videos with interesting experiments and information from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Visit Science Never Stops

STEM at Home by the STEM Ecosystems Initiative

A series of webinars for parents, educators, school administrators with practical tips for how to keep their children engaged and learning with STEM.

Visit stem Ecosystems Initiative

National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE) – Do Science at Home!

 Explore a wide variety of STEM hands-on activities that can be done at home with materials you may already have. These include NISE Net and NASA resources, DIY apps, videos, and citizen science projects.

Visit NISE

 Lawrence Hall of Science

 The YouTube playlist for the Lawrence Hall of Science offers a lot of interesting information and at-home activities.

Visit Lawrence Hall of Science

Astronomy at Home Storytime for Children and their Families

Astronomical Society of the Pacific staff and special guests read their favorite illustrated children’s books about the sky and space, as well as share fun and easy activities and sky observations that families can do together at home.

Visit the Astronomical Society

PBS Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms

PBS has curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for educators.

Visit PBS

Printable Sky Maps and Star Charts

Free sky maps each month for you to explore, learn and enjoy the night sky.

Visit Sky Maps

The Backyard Astronomer

A short weekly podcast from the Delta College Planetarium about what can be seen in night sky.

Visit The backyard astronomer

Delta College Planetarium YouTube Series

Original productions by Planetarium staff, including an in-depth look at the constellations.

visit our youtube series

NASA Kids Club

A safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.

Visit NASA Kids Club

STEAM Activities for Kids from Instructables

Teach science fundamentals with this collection of simple projects! Learn about magnetism, states of matter, density, anatomy, osmosis and more.

Visit Instructables

Links & Resources

Some our favorite astronomy links and resources.

Careers in Astronomy and Space Exploration
Becoming an Astronaut

Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut? Find out if you do, and what education you need, to travel into space as an astronaut.

Explore a career as an Astronaut


How Do I Become an Astronomer?

Are you interested in space? Would you like to make a career out of it? It will take a lot of work on your part but the rewards are spectacular. See how you can have an opportunity to answer the universe's most mysterious questions.

Astronomy Career Information 

Get Involved
The Astronomical League

An umbrella organization of over 200 astronomical societies from all over the U.S., the League encourages interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout the country. They encourage and inspire access to telescopes and observing programs.

Astronomy Information & Connections


Citizen Science

Citizen Science projects harness the efforts of thousands of space enthusiasts to amass data that no single scientist could ever produce. Learn how you can participate in real science!

Science Information & Activities


Micro-Observatory Robotic Telescope Network

This “Observing With NASA” program allows free, public access use of reflecting telescopes located at the Whipple Observatory in Amado, Arizona. If you are a teacher interested in introducing astronomy in a hands-on way, a parent wanting to show kids that they can also take astrophotos, or just interested in experience with Internet-based remote observatories, making use of this free system is well worth a try!

Use a NASA Telescope


Sunset Astronomical Society

This astronomy club serves the Tri-City Bay Area and east central Michigan. Activities include observing sessions, annual public star parties, and friendly meetings with presentations that are free and open to the public.

Our Local Astronomy Club

Michigan Dark Sky Parks
The Headlands International Dark Sky Park

Head up to the Headlands Dark Sky Park, west of Mackinaw City, to take in the beauty of the night sky. Or if you want to spend a few days there, they have a house to rent right on the beach.

Headlands International Dark Sky Park


Michigan Dark Sky Preserves

If you are looking for a place to watch a meteor shower or just take in the night sky close to home, check out the Michigan Dark Sky Preserves. There are six preserves across Michigan so you probably aren't far from one.

Dark Sky Preserve Locations

NASA & Space Exploration
 Jet Propulsion Laboratory

News and discoveries from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s dozens of active space missions exploring Earth, the solar system and worlds beyond.

THE LATEST NEWS FROM SPACE


NASA For Kids

A place to play space games and learn about NASA. Designed for K-4 science and mathematics students and teachers.

NASA Kids' Club


NASA Space Place

Educates and entertains kids using games, activities, and articles. Demonstrates and explains scientific concepts related to astronomy in a fun, hands-on manner.

SPACE PLACE ACTIVITIES


Women of NASA

Interactive project designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in math, science and technology by providing outstanding women role models at NASA.

The Women of NASA

Observer's Tools
Clear Sky Forecast for the Delta College Planetarium

This is our go-to forecast tool to decide whether or not to observe at night. It can be a little tough to figure out so make sure you scroll down their page to see what all the different colors mean.

Bay City's CLEAR SKY FORECAST


Telescope Buying Guide

If you are new to astronomy and thinking about buying a telescope, this guide from Sky & Telescope is for you. It will discuss the different types of telescopes and accessories available to help you choose the one right for you.

Telescope Buying Guide 


Weather Forecasts

Check out the National Weather Service's site to check out how the weather is looking in your area.

Weather Forecasts 

Space Images
Astronomy Picture of the Day

NASA chooses a new picture every day to show the beauty of the universe we live in.

PICTURE OF THE DAY


Hubble Space Telescope

Browse through the image library of the world's most famous telescope.

Hubble Space Telescope


NASA Image Galleries

From the first images of Jupiter to the latest images from Hubble, take a look at all the images NASA has taken over the years.

NASA Image Galleries

Stargazing
Aurora Forecast

Take a look at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center to see if you have a chance to view the Aurora in the next few days.

3 Day Aurora Forecast


Sky Chart

Are you trying to get familiar with the constellations in the night sky? Print out this star chart to see what is visible this month and practice finding your favorite stars and constellations.

Monthly Star Chart