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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

  • 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

  • Sesame Street Poster
    Sesame Street: One World, One Sky

    Follow Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street.

    Sesame Street Showtimes

  • 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

  • Astronaut Poster
    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.

    Astronaut Showtimes

  • Life Under the Arctic Sky Poster
    Life Under the Arctic Sky

    This Dome360 film features the Sami people of northern Scandinavia as they follow the reindeer migrations, much like their ancestors. A total of 10 filming expeditions and 105 days were made to the Arctic to capture the Northern Lights, the Sami and their reindeer, dog sledding and the beautiful Arctic scenery.

    Life Under the Arctic Sky SHOWTIMES

  • To Worlds Beyond Poster
    To Worlds Beyond

    Explore our solar system like never before. From the fiery surface of the Sun to the icy realm of comets, travel to worlds with enormous volcanoes, vast canyons, dazzling rings and storms that would swallow Earth.

    To Worlds Beyond SHOWTIMES

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. 

Planetarium Fireworks Fundraiser - Saturday, July 7

Watch the beautiful fireworks display from our observation deck and help support the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center. Tickets are $60 a person and sales end June 29. Reserve your seat before it's too late!

View Details for the Planetarium Fireworks Fundraiser

Observe Saturn Night - Friday, July 13

Saturn is making its closest approach to Earth and we would like to give the public a chance to see it through telescopes. At 9pm, Planetarium Manager Mike Murray will host a presentation in the Dome360 Theater called Gateway to the Stars in order to illustrate the evening sky.  The show will focus on Saturn and how to observe it with binoculars and telescopes. If weather permits, there will be observing with telescopes and binoculars after the presentation.  This is a free event.

View Details for observe Saturn Night

The Seasonal Sky: Summer - Friday, July 20

This one hour presentation will focus on the summer sky. We will give you a tour of the
constellations that are visible as well as the planets, nebulae and star clusters along the way. Special pricing of only $3 a person.

VIEW DETAILS FOR THE SEASONAL SKY: Summer

Mars Close Approach - Friday, August 3

Mars comes the closest its been to Earth since 2003 this summer. This makes it the prime time to observe the red planet through telescopes.  At 8:30pm, Planetarium Manager Mike Murray will host a presentation in the Dome360 Theater called Gateway to the Stars in order to illustrate the evening sky.  The show will focus on Mars and how to observe it with binoculars and telescopes. If weather permits, there will be observing with telescopes and binoculars after the presentation.  This is a free event.

View details for Mars Close Approach

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 projection system with Digistar® 5 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 $9 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 25,000 visitors each year.

    Upgrades and changes continue to redefine the "Planetarium experience", and Delta College has embraced the latest technology. Our Digistar 4 is the world’s most advanced digital theater system. Bright and sharp images, 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.