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.
Dream to Fly
People have always wanted to fly. We will take a look back at the history of flight. From the ancient Chinese, with their invention of the kite, to the Wright brothers who invented powered flight. Today, we use amazing jets to fly around the globe. Our ultimate goal -- the stars -- is now part of humanity's ancient visions of flight.
Cody Coyote's Adventure: Earth, Moon & Sun
Join Cody Coyote as he learns how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. We will explore moon phases, lunar eclipses, solar eclipses and other exciting topics.
Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens
Perhaps the most elegant planet in our solar system, this show celebrates the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Discover the mystery of Saturn's rings, explore moons with atmospheres and lakes and even frozen over oceans blowing geysers into space. See the differences in the makeup of the bodies in the Saturn system.
Edge of Darkness
Edge of Darkness features scenes of places never before seen, gathered by recent space missions that culminated with groundbreaking discoveries. It features a flight though the great cliffs on Comet 67P, a close look at the fascinating "lights" on Ceres, and the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons.
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.
A live and interactive show that demonstrates how to explore the sky using binoculars
telescopes. Planetarium Manager Mike Murray teaches you observing techniques to maximize the stargazing experience. Special pricing of $3 a person.
The Planetarium serves as one of the host sites for the 12th annual Hells Half Mile Film & Music Festival. The Dome360 theater will be one of the venues for indie films, and the Learning Center will host workshops and talks. This year the planetarium will offer a Fulldome filmmaking highlight reel featuring award winning short pieces from the Jena Fulldome Festival in Germany.
A special orientation for Bay Area science teachers on our dome programs, demonstrations and how we tie into the state curriculum, Next Generation Science Standards, and STEM. Educators will get to experience activities and get resources to take back to the classroom. The event is free.
See what the Fall sky has to offer! We'll use the Dome360 theater to guide you through the constellations of Autum and point out some of our favorite deep sky objects along the way. Special pricing of $3 a person.
This annual event features viewing the moon from the planetarium’s rooftop observation deck with telescopes and binoculars (weather permitting). There will also be activities to help visitors see and identify interesting lunar features as well as other night sky wonders. This is a free event.
1st-3rd graders learn about spaceflight, traveling to other planets, telescopes and stargazing. The cost is $40 a child and registration is required.
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!"