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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.

Now Showing

  • Stars Planetarium Show
    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.

    Stars SHOWTIMES

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    Let It Snow

    Let It Snow celebrates the holiday season with your favorite music and spectacular visuals on our giant dome screen. This is a great show for people of all ages.

    Let It Snow SHOWTIMES

  • Life Under the Arctic Sky
    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

  • Stars of the Pharaohs
    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

Coming up...


See what shows are playing in January and beyond.

SHOWS COMING SOON


Special Events

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

Relax Under the Stars - Saturday, January 11

Simply sit and relax to beautiful music with breathtaking views of space, mind-provoking immersive art and 360-surround environments. You’ll return to your world renewed and refreshed! All are welcome, but this program may not be suitable for young children. Special pricing of $3, cash only.

DETAILS FOR Relax Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars - Friday, January 31

Enjoy live music by a special consort of musicians from the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra set to unique immersive effects in the planetarium’s Dome360 Theater. This one-of-a-kind experience features vibraphones, marimbas and percussion led by John Dorsey, Principal Percussionist for the Symphony. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

Details and tickets for Music Under the Stars

The Pale Blue Dot - February 7

This will be an examination of the Voyager space missions to the outer planets, with a special look at the final photo taken by Voyager 1 showing Earth from nearly four billion miles away. Special pricing of $3, cash only.

Details for The Pale Blue Dot

Gateway to the Stars: The Realm of the Galaxies - Friday, March 6

A live and interactive show that demonstrates how to explore the sky using binoculars and telescopes. Planetarium Manager Mike Murray teaches you observing techniques to maximize the stargazing experience. This month will highlight the many galaxies in the spring sky.  Special pricing of only $3.

Details for Gateway to the Stars

The Perilous Odyssey of Apollo 13 - Friday, April 3

On the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 13, we look at the story behind "one of NASA’s finest moments" as they successfully return the astronauts after a near-fatal explosion of their spacecraft on their way to the Moon. Special pricing of only $3.

Details for The Perilous Odyssey of Apollo 13

Statewide Astronomy Night - Friday, April 17

Join us and the Sunset Astronomical Society for dark skies at the Bay City State Park. We'll start in the Visitors Center with activities at 7pm, a star talk at 8pm and then move outside with the telescopes at 9pm. The activities and talk go on regardless of weather but observing is weather dependent. This is a free event.

Details for Statewide Astronomy Night

Family Fun Fair - Saturday, April 18

Bring your families and friends and see what summer events are happening with many of Bay City’s organizations representing the arts, music, theater, reading, science, history and more. This is a free event.

Details for the Family Fun Fair

 Dynamic Earth - Wednesday, April 22

A special showing to celebrate Earth Day. Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, the show follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere.

Details for Dynamic Earth

The Seasonal Sky - Friday, May 1

We will  explore the constellations of the spring and summer skies. Included is a look at our favorite deep sky objects and planets that can be found by using those star patterns. Special pricing of only $3.

Details for The Seasonal Sky

International Astronomy Day - Saturday, May 2

We will offer hands-on activities for children, a planetarium program and a telescope workshop. Weather permitting, we will explore the real night sky with telescopes on our observation deck. This is a free event.

Details for International Astronomy Day

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
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    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 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 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
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    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
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    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.