Special Events:

Gateway to the Stars

First Friday of the month at 7:00pm

A new series about telescopes and observing...

Ever wondered how to observe deep space objects with a telescope? Or what you can see in binoculars? Join the Delta College Planetarium for a unique tour of the sky through the eyes of a practiced amateur astronomer. “Gateway to the Stars” is a new lecture series hosted by Delta College Planetarium Manager and veteran stargazer, Mike Murray, that will help audiences better understand and enjoy the night sky and discover many of its hidden wonders.

“Gateway” highlights some of the most prominent objects in the night sky each month, using them as examples to teach observing techniques that will help maximize the stargazing experience.

Audiences will learn to navigate using basic tips and techniques involved in stargazing. Mike will use the planetarium to demonstrate how to get around the night sky by becoming familiarized with the stars and constellations, planets and other galactic objects visible to the naked eye. Viewers will then learn to explore deep sky wonders like double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies to gain insight and perspective on the different components of our universe.

This innovative and interactive experience combines the digital dome theater, space imagery and the current night sky to give viewers a primer on one of the most popular hobbies. “Gateway to the Stars” plays on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the show are specially priced at only $3.

After the show, visitors are invited to join us in the planetarium’s exhibit lobby for a look at how to use different kinds of telescopes.


Mars Close Approach Observing Night

Saturday, May 28 from 9:00 - 11:30pm

The Red Planet reaches its closest approach to Earth since 2005 and we’ll have a planetarium session and telescope observing (weather permitting). We'll start at 9:00pm with some special demonstrations in the digital dome theater. If the skies are clear, viewing on the rooftop observation deck will begin at 10:00pm with help from the Sunset Astronomical Society. Event is free of charge.


Solar System Spectacular

Friday, June 10 from 10:00 - 11:30pm

Mars is still close to the Earth, but there are other solar system objects to see this night! The Moon is next to Jupiter in the southwest, and Saturn joins Mars in the southeast. We'll start with a quick preview in the planetarium theater and then, if weather permits, we'll move onto the rooftop observation deck at 10:00pm to look at them through telescopes. Event is free of charge.

Gateway to the Stars

Our monthly series explores the art of stargazing with binoculars and telescopes.

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