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.
Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar and align huge buildings. You’ll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world.
The Secrets of Gravity
The young magician’s apprentice Luke is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than boring magic spells. So, one night he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum, where he meets ALBYX3, 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.
From Earth to the Universe
From Earth to the Universe begins with a tour of the various worlds in the solar system. We then leave our home to take the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of countless galaxies.
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.
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 December's presentation will focus on the different types of telescopes and what to look for when purchasing one. Special pricing of $3 a person.
Craig Whitford from Michigan State University will give a presentation about Michigan meteorites. The program will focus on meteorite finds from across the state and discuss the characteristics to look for in determining if a particular rock is a meteorite or not. There is no charge for this presentation.
Planetarium Manager and Astronomer, Mike Murray, will unwrap the mystery of the Northern Lights. Learn what the aurora is and hear some of the mythology different cultures had for it. Special pricing of $3 a person.
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!"