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.

Telescope Observing at the Bay City State Park

Friday, October 28 at 7:00pm


The Planetarium, Sunset Astronomical Society and the Bay City Recreation Area have teamed up to offer a special talk and telescope viewing at the Bay City State Park on Saginaw Bay. The program starts at 7:00pm in the visitor’s center, rain or shine. Observing (weather permitting) begins at 8:00pm. Map of Bay City State Park.

Saturday Science Fun: Space Explorers

Saturday, November 26 from 12 - 4pm


Your 6 - 9 year olds will make and launch their own rockets, explore the fall and winter constellations, and learn about what it takes to survive on other planets. If the weather cooperates, we will look at the sun with our solar telescope. The cost is $40 per person and advance registration is required. Please call (989) 667-2260 to register your child.

Winter Wonders Workshop

Saturday, December 10 from 12:30 - 3pm


Explore "Winter Wonders" in science, art, and music. A special fun workshop for children ages 7 - 10. Includes a snack, crafts, and the 2pm show "Let it Snow." The cost is $15 per child. Advance registration is required. Please call 989-667-2260 to make your reservations.


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Gateway to the Stars

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