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Planetarium & Learning Center

The Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center inspires exploration through entertaining Dome360 shows and events. But did you know you could take classes there, as well?

The Planetarium and Learning Center 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.

The center has six classrooms and a computer lab where Delta offers many general education classes at times that fit your schedule. Nursing, wellness and, of course, astronomy classes are also available.

Getting there is simple, too. Bay Metro buses stop just a block from the center, making it easy to get to class. 

Now Showing

  • Dynamic Earth Show Poster
    Dynamic Earth

    Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate system. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales and fly into roiling volcanoes.

    Dynamic Earth SHOWTIMES

  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Poster
    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.

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket SHOWTIMES

  • Stars Poster
    Stars

    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

  • Extreme Planets Show Poster
    Extreme Planets

    We now know of over three thousand planets outside our solar system and can measure what they’re like. Extreme Planets explores what makes a planet “Earth-like” and takes a virtual tour of several worlds that might fit those conditions.

    Extreme Planets SHOWTIMES

Special Events

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

Gateway to the Stars - First Friday of the Month

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.  Special pricing of $3 a person.

VIEW SHOWTIMES FOR Gateway to the Stars

Statewide Astronomy Night (SWAN) - Friday, April 20

To celebrate Statewide Astronomy Night, we will be at the Bay City State Park giving talks and observing with telescopes and binoculars if weather permits. This is a free event.

View Details for Statewide Astronomy Night

National Astronomy Day - Saturday, April 21

Join us to celebrate National Astronomy day where we will have children's activities, telescope workshops and night sky observing, weather permitting. This is a free event.

View details for National Astronomy Day

The Seasonal Sky: Spring - Friday, May 18

This one hour presentation will focus on the spring sky. We will give you a tour of the
constellations that are visible as well as the planets, nebulae and star clusters along the way. Special pricing of only $3 a person.

View Details for The Seasonal Sky: Spring

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 & Learning Center. 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 projection system with Digistar® 5 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 and Learning Center 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 and Learning Center 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 and Learning Center  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 & Learning Center has brought the universe to school children, Delta College students and community members since 1997. Funded by a $9 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 25,000 visitors each year.

    Upgrades and changes continue to redefine the "Planetarium experience", and Delta College has embraced the latest technology. Our Digistar 4 is the world’s most advanced digital theater system. Bright and sharp images, 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 & Learning Center, 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.