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Planetarium & Learning Center

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. 

Now Showing

  • The Enchanted Reef
    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.

    The Enchanted Reef SHOWTIMES

  • Eclipse: The Sun Revealed Planetarium Show
    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.

    Eclipse: The Sun Revealed SHOWTIMES

  • Molecularium
    Molecularium

    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.

    Molecularium SHOWTIMES

  • Sesame Street: One World, One Sky
    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.

    Sesame Street Showtimes

     

  • Life Under the Arctic Sky
    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.

    Life Under the Arctic Sky SHOWTIMES

Special Events

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. 

Gateway to the Stars - First Friday of the month

A live and interactive show that demonstrates how to explore the sky using binoculars and
telescopes. Planetarium Manager Mike Murray teaches you observing techniques to maximize the stargazing experience. Special pricing of $3 a person.

VIEW SHOWTIMES FOR Gateway to the Stars

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 Presentation - Friday, July 28

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.

View Details of The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Saturn Observing Night - Friday, August 11

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.

View Details of Saturn Observing Night 

Solar Eclipse Viewing - Monday, August 21

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.

VIEW DETAILS FOR Viewing the Solar Eclipse

Globe

Delta’s planetarium contains one of the world’s most advanced digital theater systems.

Dollar Signs

In 1993, Delta College secured a grant from NASA totaling $8.75 million to fund the design and construction of the Planetarium.

Delta College 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!"

Wendy N.

 

Opportunities & Resources

Astronomy at Delta
  • Outer Space
     Astronomy at Delta

    Astronomy is a fascinating topic, it deals with everything in the known universe! You might want to learn what you can see in the sky by exploring it with binoculars or telescopes. Or, maybe you'd like to dive even deeper into the wonders of the universe.

    Explore Astronomy at Delta

Take Classes at the Planetarium
  • Students in a Computer Lab
    Take a Class at the Planetarium

    You'll love taking classes at the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center. It's easy, convenient and close to home. Plus, you'll have the same resources and great faculty as you would at main campus. You really can't go wrong.

    Search for Classes 

Show Schedule
  • Planetarium Seating
    Experience a show at the Planetarium

    Visit the galaxy from the most comfortable seat in the house. The $8.75 million facility, funded by NASA, houses a state-of-the-art Planetarium Digital 360 theater, with a JVC full dome video projection system with Digistar® 5 software housed under a tilted 50 foot domed screen with 146 unidirectional seats.

    See upcoming showtimes

Schools
  • Children at the Planetarium
    Bring a Group to the Planetarium

    A field trip to the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center is an interactive learning adventure for groups of all ages. The shows at Delta's Planetarium bring science to life and encourage an excitement for learning.

    Plan Your Group Visit

Room Rentals
  • The Planetarium Theater
     Plan Your Event at the Planetarium

    Are you looking for an unique location for your upcoming event? The Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center has facilities available for birthday parties, business meetings and, even, weddings. 

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ROOM RENTALS

Special Events
  • Planetarium Lobby
    Special Events 

    From rooftop stargazing to seasonal events, the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center  offers exciting special events throughout the year. 

    See what's coming up

eNewsletter
  • Exterior of Planetarium
    Sign Up 

    Do you want to be the first to know about upcoming shows, special events and Planetarium news? Sign up today to receive our enewsletter.

     

     

Support
  • Planetarium Lobby Floor
    Be a Star – Support the Planetarium

    The Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center has brought the universe to school children, Delta College students and community members since 1997. Funded by a $9 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it is one of the most active planetariums in Michigan, offering cultural and educational programs to more than 25,000 visitors each year.

    Upgrades and changes continue to redefine the "Planetarium experience", and Delta College has embraced the latest technology. Our Digistar 4 is the world’s most advanced digital theater system. Bright and sharp images, full-dome video and a new 360-degree projection system allow viewers to see, feel and hear a more dramatic and immersive show than ever before.

    You can Be A Star and support Delta’s state-of-the-art facility! Your donation will be dedicated to supporting the future needs of the Planetarium & Learning Center, from new technology to new programs. You can ensure that future generations will be able to see our universe in its entire splendor.

    There are a total of 621 "stars", located in their respective constellations, embedded in the facility’s lobby. Two sizes of stars are available, along with theater seating. Your financial support entitles you to have your name permanently engraved on one of the "stars" or a Planetarium seat.  Sponsorships are tax-deductible, and can immortalize you, your family members or friends.

    If you are interested in sponsoring a star or a Planetarium seat, contact the Delta College Foundation at 989-686-9224 or email foundation@delta.edu.