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 & Learning Center 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 to the Stars” 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 also 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 most recent technology, space imagery and current night sky information to give viewers a truly inspiring experience. “Gateway to the Stars” shows on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 pm.
After the show (and weather permitting), visitors are invited to join us on the planetarium’s rooftop observation deck for a night sky viewing session with binoculars and telescopes. Guests are welcome to bring their own and receive hands-on guidance from planetarium staff and members of the Sunset Astronomical Society. Tickets for the show are specially priced at only $3.
Saturdays at 7pm, through April 30
One of the most popular light shows ever presented in planetariums worldwide. This show features the music of classic rock supergroup Led Zeppelin, and the Delta College Planetarium brings the show to Mid-Michigan for the first time.
Specially re-mastered for the dome theater, the music of Led Zeppelin is delivered through the planetarium's 12,000-watt surround sound system and visually interpreted using high resolution immersive computer graphics. These exciting updated visuals transport audiences with the feeling of motion and transcendence. Surreal original environments match uniquely with the big hit classics from Zeppelin like “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” “Immigrant Song” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
Led Zeppelin will play Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. from January 23 through April 30, 2016. Because of the intense nature of the show, Led Zeppelin is not recommended for children under 12. Tickets go on sale at the planetarium one hour before show time. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes before the show starts. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, children, seniors and military.
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The Native Skywatchers
Friday, February 19 at 7:00pm:
The Native Skywatchers: A live presentation that explores the oral traditions of the Native Americans by listening to authentic stories. The show includes details on how early Native people saw the sky and used it to know when to plant, hunt, hold ceremonies and move. Tickets are $3.00 per person.