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Delta College Planetarium

The Delta College Planetarium inspires exploration through entertaining Dome360 shows and events. But did you know you could take classes there, as well?

The Planetarium 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.


Coming Soon...

  • Fireworks exploding over the planetarium.
    Fireworks Fundraiser

    On July 1, join us at the Delta College Planetarium to watch the Bay City fireworks from our rooftop observation deck! Our parking lot will open at 5pm to allow you to visit downtown Bay City’s great dining establishments before we open our doors at 7pm. While here, you will be treated to James Hood’s “Beautifica” fulldome music experience and have the first look at our new art exhibit, “The Beauty of Space.” Snacks and soft drinks will be provided. Proceeds will go toward supporting the educational mission of the Delta College Planetarium.

    Tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 1 at 12pm and are $65/person.

Now Showing

  • To Worlds Beyond
    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. You will be astounded by what our solar system has to offer.

    Showtimes & TICKETS

  • Black Holes Revisited
    Black Holes Revisited

    You 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? “Black Holes Revisited” takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe.

    Showtimes & TICKETS

  • 3-2-1 Liftoff!
    3-2-1 Liftoff!

    A hamster named Elon is a scientist who lives in a junkyard. One day, he hears a loud crash and finds a damaged robot in a crater. After fixing the robot, Elon learns that it came from a spaceship. Will Elon be able to return the robot back to its ship before it leaves?

    Showtimes & TICKETS

  • Aurora: Lights of Wonder
    Aurora: Lights of Wonder

    The aurora is the greatest wonder a human can experience in nature. The show tells the story of how auroras are formed, the secret behind the colors, the best places to see them, their different shapes, auroras on other planets, and more.

    Showtimes & TICKETS

Special Events

International Moon Night - Thursday, July 20 at 7pm

July 20th marks the anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing that took place in 1969. Join us for a special showing of CAPCOM GO!: The Apollo Story followed by a short program by Planetarium Manager Mike Murray with rare footage, astronaut accounts, and fulldome imagery. Special pricing of $5/person.

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Totality 2024: Into the Darkness! - Friday, July 28 at 7pm

Delta College Professor of Astronomy Kevin Dehne gives a special presentation about the upcoming annular eclipse of the Sun that will be visible in select parts of the United States in October, as well as the Great American Total Eclipse coming up in April 2024. Audiences can learn about what causes solar eclipses and where the best locations will be for viewing. Special pricing of $5/person.

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"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.

    Search for Astronomy classes

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. 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 laser projection system with Digistar® 6 software housed under a tilted 50 foot domed screen with 140 unidirectional seats.

    See upcoming showtimes

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

    A field trip to the Delta College Planetarium 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 has facilities for a variety of uses.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ROOM RENTALS

Special Events
  • Planetarium Lobby
    Special Events 

    From rooftop stargazing to seasonal events, the Delta College Planetarium 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 has brought the universe to school children, Delta College students and community members since 1997. Funded by a $8.75 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 18,000 visitors each year.

    Upgrades and changes continue to redefine the "Planetarium experience", and Delta College has embraced the latest technology. Our Digistar 6 is the world’s most advanced digital theater system. Bright and sharp images, 4K 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, 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.