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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

  • CAPCOM GO!
    CAPCOM GO!: The Apollo Story

    What led to the Apollo program and what was its legacy to the world? A show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing but also a look at how Apollo transformed space travel, technology, the economy, environmental awareness and so much more. 

    CAPCOM GO! SHOWTIMES

  • 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.

    The Little Star That Could SHOWTIMES

  • To Worlds Beyond
    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. You will be astounded of what our solar system has to offer.

    To Worlds Beyond SHOWTIMES

  • Cody Coyote's Adventure: Earth, Moon & Sun
    Cody Coyote's Adventure: Earth, Moon & Sun

    Join Cody Coyote as he learns how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. We will explore moon phases, lunar eclipses, solar eclipses and other exciting topics.

    Cody Coyote's Adventure Showtimes

  • The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Experience our solar system - from the boiling surface of the Sun to the icy rings of Saturn. Children of all ages will be mesmerized by the incredible scenery and motion that only the Dome360 system can offer.

    The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket 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

Coming up...

See what shows are playing in July and beyond.

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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. 

Many Inspired Steps Apollo Exhibit - Now through August

This July marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo landing on the Moon. To celebrate this achievement, we have a free exhibit in our Space Explorers Hall that features the history of the Apollo program. We also have simulated Moon rocks from NASA on display and a place where you can share your Apollo memories.

More information on the Many Inspired Steps Exhibit

Public Shows during Tall Ships Weekend - Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21

If you need a break from exploring the Tall Ships, we have you covered. We will be running public shows on the hour from 1 - 6pm on Friday & Saturday, and 1 - 4pm on Sunday. 

View our Tall Ships Weekend Schedule

First on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 - Saturday, July 20

July 20th marks the exact date of the Apollo moon landing 50 years ago. Join Planetarium Manager Mike Murray as we celebrate one of the biggest achievements in human history with actual footage, astronaut accounts and fulldome imagery. Special pricing of $3, cash only.

Details for First on the Moon

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. 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
  • 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.