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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.

Planetarium Temporarily Closed

Due to the spiking cases of COVID-19, the Delta College Planetarium is suspending public shows until further notice. As the college’s highest priority is to the safety of its students, we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Please continue to check this site and our social media pages for updates.

The Delta College Downtown Bay City Center remains open to Delta College students. Students who attend class here are still expected to attend, and should contact their instructors for further information.

The planetarium continues to use its social media platforms (particularly Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube) to provide unique programs for all ages.


Art contest

To help celebrate the launch of the new James Webb Space Telescope, the Delta College Planetarium is hosting a student art contest open to Michigan students in grades K-12. Visit the contest page for more information and rules.

Special Events

Music Under the Stars - Saturday, February 19 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8pm

Enjoy live music by a special consort of musicians from the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra set to unique immersive animation in the planetarium’s Dome360 Theater.  This one-of-a-kind experience features a string quintet led by Gregg Powell, Principal Bassist and Personnel Manager for the Symphony.  Selections include “Mars, the Bringer of War” by Gustav Holst, “Symphony #41: Jupiter” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Twilight: New Moon” by Alexandre Desplat, and “Song Under The Stars” by Elena Roussanova Lucas, all visually choreographed to vibrant visual effects from spacescapes to surrealistic environments. Tickets are $15 per seat.  Due to the nature of the live performance in a small venue, the experience is not recommended for children under 12.

Tickets for Music Under the Stars

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 140 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.