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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover what it takes to be an astronaut. Join "Chad," our test astronaut, as he discovers what effect space travel has on the human body and the danger that lurks once we leave Earth's atmosphere.
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.
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.
Cassini will soon enter the atmosphere of Saturn, ending 20 years of exploration of
Saturn and its moons. Planetarium Show Specialist Brain Kennedy will present the discoveries that Cassini has made over its mission. The planetarium’s Dome360 theater will be used to show the amazing photographs it has taken. This is a free event.
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, travelling 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!"