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.
Planetarium Now Open
The Delta College Planetarium is open for public shows and exhibits. Public shows in the Dome360 Theater play Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2pm through October 1. (Check below for specific show titles and descriptions.) The new photo exhibition “Through the Eyes of Hubble” can be seen in the planetarium lobby through December 31.
Due to the continuing risks of COVID-19 (and the unique conditions of the planetarium), visitors 5 and older are required to wear a mask inside the building, regardless of vaccination status. Upon entering the building, visitors will also have to complete a health screening form. Visitors should enter at the tower door from the Planetarium’s southeast parking lot.
The planetarium continues to use its social media platforms (particularly Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube) to provide unique programs for all ages.
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.
Dream To Fly
The history of flight is a story of innovation and discovery. The use of planes in both wartime and peacetime is woven into the history of the 20th century. Today, we use amazing jets to fly around the globe. Our ultimate goal -- the stars -- is now part of humanity's ancient visions of flight.
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.
A Guided Tour of the Moon - Saturday, October 16 at 7pm
Celebrate NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night with an online tour of the Moon! Join Mike Murray, Astronomer & Planetarium Manager, as he walks you through some of the most interesting features of the lunar surface. We’ll explore more than just craters – see vast lava plains, mountains, canyons, cliffs, rays, and even some of the Apollo landing sites. There’s no cost or registration required – simply tune in to our Facebook page at showtime and you’ll see us go live.
Delta’s planetarium contains one of the world’s most advanced digital theater systems.
In 1993, Delta College secured a grant from NASA totaling $8.75 million to fund the design and construction of the 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!"