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.
The Secrets of Gravity
Luke is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than his boring magic spells. So, one night he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum, where he meets ALBY, a small, quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein. ALBY takes Luke on a magical journey of discovery through time and space, during which they uncover the secrets of gravity.
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could is a story about an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he will learn about other stars and how stars come together to form clusters and galaxies.
Black Holes Revisited
We will learn about one of the most mysterious objects in the universe, a black hole. Where do they come from? How do we find them? Is Earth in danger of being pulled into one?
Perfect Little Planet
Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Sesame Street: One World, One Sky
Follow Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.
To Worlds Beyond
Explore our solar system like never before. From the fiery surface of the Sun to the icy realm of comets, travel to worlds with enormous volcanoes, vast canyons, dazzling rings and storms that would swallow Earth.
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.
This one hour presentation will focus on the summer sky. We will give you a tour of
constellations that are visible as well as the planets, nebulae and star clusters along the way. Special pricing of only $3 a person.
Mars comes the closest its been to Earth since 2003 this summer. This makes it the prime time to observe the red planet through telescopes. At 8:30pm, Planetarium Manager Mike Murray will host a presentation in the Dome360 Theater called Gateway to the Stars in order to illustrate the evening sky. The show will focus on Mars and how to observe it with binoculars and telescopes. If weather permits, there will be observing with telescopes and binoculars after the presentation. This is a free event.
Join us at the Bay City State Park to observe Mars and the Perseid meteor shower. The dark skies at the park provide excellent conditions to view the red planet and the brilliant meteor shower. We will start with a talk at 8pm and then move outside to observe, weather permitting. This is a free event.
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!"