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 Enchanted Reef
Kaluoka’hina’s colorful inhabitants live in peace until the volcano erupts, and the spell is broken. Now it’s up to Jake, the young saw fish, and his paranoid pal, Shorty, to restore the magic of Kaluoka’hina. Spectacular underwater scenery, playful characters and the totally immersive environment of the Dome360 theater makes this show a must see.
Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
The Great American Eclipse is coming in August, 2017! This all-new fulldome production features exciting visuals that explore the historical and cultural views of eclipses, what can be seen from within the shadow of a total solar eclipse, how to safely view an eclipse and a first-hand account of one person’s experience during a total solar eclipse.
Molecularium brings kids on a musical cartoon adventure into a nanoscale Universe created from accurate molecular simulation. Here they learn about the three states of matter as they travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form, and count the number of water molecules in a rain drop.
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. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street.
Life Under the Arctic Sky
This Dome360 film features the Sami People of northern Scandinavia as they follow the reindeer migrations, much like their ancestors. A total of 10 filming expeditions and 105 days were made to the Arctic to capture the Northern Lights, the Sami and their reindeer, dog sledding and the beautiful Arctic scenery.
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.
Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse coming to the United States in August. Find out how to safely observe the sun, where the best place is to see the eclipse and what you can expect to see. Solar observing before the presentation will be taking place on our observation deck (weather permitting) using special solar telescopes and filters. Special pricing of $3 a person.
The planetarium will be setting up telescopes on our observation deck to let you view the ringed planet Saturn (weather permitting). Come see for yourself why Saturn is the favorite planet to observe by amateur astronomers. This is a free event.
Come on over on August 21 to take a look at the Solar Eclipse. From here, at its peak, the Sun will be 80% covered by the Moon. We will have solar telescopes setup to let you view this rare event up close and personal. 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!"