Special Events:

Telescope Observing at the Bay City State Park

Friday, July 29 at 9:30pm

Have you ever wanted to see distant galaxies millions of light years away? How about star clusters that contain hundreds of thousands of stars? Join us and the Sunset Astronomical Society for some dark skies at the Bay City State Park to get a taste of what is out there. We’ll start with a star talk at 9:30pm and then bring out the telescopes at 10:30pm. The star talk goes on regardless of weather but observing is weather dependent. This event is free of charge.

Gateway to the Stars

First Friday of the month at 7:00pm (except for July)

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.

The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Saturday, August 13 at 4:30pm

In August of 2017 millions of people across the United States will see one of nature's most wondrous spectacles — a total eclipse of the Sun. Moving along a narrow strip from Oregon to South Carolina, the Moon completely blocks the Sun and casts a shadow so viewers can experience a twilight-like atmosphere and see the Sun’s pearly white outer layers called the corona. It will have been 26 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed North America, but the last time the path of totality crossed the nation from the Pacific to Atlantic was in 1918!

In the year leading up to the eclipse, the planetarium will host a number of special shows to prepare viewers for the event and discuss the best locations for observing. The first program this August 13 features a talk by Kevin Dehne, astronomy professor at Delta College, who will highlight what a solar eclipse is and how to get the most out of the experience. If the skies are clear, planetarium staff will set up specially filtered telescopes to look at the sun after the talk from the rooftop observation deck. Tickets for the show are specially priced at $3.


Gateway to the Stars

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

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Sky Treasures

Find out what's special in the sky right now!

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