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.
Molecularium brings kids on a musical cartoon adventure into a nanoscale Universe created from accurate molecular simulation. Here they learn about the three states of matter as they travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form, and count the number of water molecules in a rain drop.
Sesame Street: One World, One Sky
Follow Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street.
Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar and align huge buildings. You’ll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world.
Discover what it takes to be an astronaut. Join "Chad," our test astronaut, as he discovers what effect space travel has on the human body and the danger that lurks once we leave Earth's atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
Watch the beautiful fireworks display from our observation deck and help support the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center. Tickets are $60 a person and sales end June 29. Reserve your seat before it's too late!
Saturn is making its closest approach to Earth and we would like to give the public a chance to see it through telescopes. At 9pm, Planetarium Manager Mike Murray will host a presentation in the Dome360 Theater called Gateway to the Stars in order to illustrate the evening sky. The show will focus on Saturn and how to observe it with binoculars and telescopes. If weather permits, there will be observing with telescopes and binoculars after the presentation. This is a free event.
This one hour presentation will focus on the summer sky. We will give you a tour of
constellations that are visible as well as the planets, nebulae and star clusters along the way. Special pricing of only $3 a person.
Mars comes the closest its been to Earth since 2003 this summer. This makes it the prime time to observe the red planet through telescopes. At 8:30pm, Planetarium Manager Mike Murray will host a presentation in the Dome360 Theater called Gateway to the Stars in order to illustrate the evening sky. The show will focus on Mars and how to observe it with binoculars and telescopes. If weather permits, there will be observing with telescopes and binoculars after the presentation. This is a free event.
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!"