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.
Due to the continuing risks of COVID-19, The Delta College Planetarium will be closed to the public until further notice. We are currently reviewing our procedures so when we do reopen, every measure will
be taken to keep our visitors and staff safe.
Please continue to check this website for additional updates on shows and events.
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 fun online learning opportunities that are available. They will be tagged with the hashtag #LookUpHere! Visit our Astronomy page for activities you can do at home.
Join us on the Delta Planetarium Facebook page for a livestream event about the Northern Lights. As sunspot numbers increase, solar storm activity is on the rise and that improves the chances of seeing the spectacle known as the “Aurora Borealis.” Mike Murray, Astronomer and Planetarium Manager, will explore what causes the phenomenon and how to observe them. Time will also be given to the stories and folklore of the aurora, from Canada and Scandinavia to the southern hemisphere where they are known as the Aurora Australis.
The show will include time-lapse footage of the Aurora from various locations around the globe as well as the International Space Station. Images from local photographers will also be showcased, including views of the phenomenon known as “STEVE,” an aurora-like feature that is only now becoming understood.
“See the Northern Lights” is free and open to everyone on the Delta College Planetarium’s Facebook page. The presentation will be recorded and available on our Facebook Videos page.
Due to the Coronavirus, we will be honoring all gift certificates expiring in 2020 until the end of the year 2021. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to seeing all of you again once we are able to reopen.
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!"