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.
Get your Eclipse Glasses
The April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse is fast approaching. Now is the time to prepare to watch this incredible event. You should never look directly at the Sun, as the light of the Sun will damage your eyes very badly. Eclipse glasses are an inexpensive way to block the harmful light of the Sun and make it safe to observe. Eclipse glasses are available in the Delta College Planetarium gift shop for $1 each. Get them now before the eclipse rush!
Music shows Return in March & April
Beginning Friday, March 1, on Friday & Saturday nights, the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City will offer two music shows to celebrate the most popular classic rock bands ever to play in planetariums – Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The performances are choreographed with fully immersive visuals and digital effects animation in the planetarium’s Dome360 Theater.
Specially re-mastered for the dome theater, the music of Led Zeppelin is piped through the planetarium's 13,000-watt state-of-the-art sound system and then visually interpreted using high-resolution full-dome scenery. These dynamic visuals transport audiences with the feeling of motion and transcendence. Surreal original environments match uniquely with the big hit classics from Zeppelin like “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” “Immigrant Song” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
The second performance each night features Pink Floyd’s famous album “The Wall,” now re-visualized and updated. A key to The Wall’s popularity in planetarium light shows lies in the visual suggestions of the story based on the 1982 movie “Pink Floyd: The Wall.” The film depicted the mental construction and eventual demolition of a metaphorical wall, created in the mind of a rock star named “Pink.” The bizarre and sometimes dark psychological impressions allow for plenty of opportunity for abstract and representative imagery on the dome.
Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance online or in our gift shop. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes before the show starts.
Notice: These shows contain bright flashing lights, loud noises, mature themes and is inappropriate for children under 12 years old. The planetarium has the right to restrict admission and all children under 8 will be denied entry. No exceptions. All ticket sales are final. Refunds or exchanges are not available. Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
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 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.
Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
Get ready for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse! This 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.
Mysteries of the Great Lakes
The film highlights the stories of three key species from water, air and land. We will also touch on the human interface with the Lakes including the role of shipping to commerce and the use of the Great Lakes’ water by millions of people.
On April 8, 2024, millions of people across the United States will see one of nature's most wondrous spectacles — a total eclipse of the Sun. Planetarium Manager Mike Murray will provide a rich visual program about the event, what causes eclipses, where to see totality and how to view the sun safely. Unlike the solar eclipse of 2017, the path of totality in 2024 will come closer to Michigan. Moving along a narrow strip from Texas to Ohio to Maine, the Moon will completely block the Sun and cast a shadow so viewers can experience the twilight-like atmosphere of totality and see the Sun’s pearly white outer layer called the Corona. It will have been just seven years since the last total solar eclipse took place in North America, but the next solar eclipse to cross the nation won’t come until 2045. Information sheets and solar eclipse glasses will be available. Special admission price of $5 per person.
What's going on this summer with the arts and culture in Bay City? Find out with a Family Fun Fair hosted by the Bay Arts & Culture Commission at the Delta College Planetarium.
Everyone is invited to see what summer events are being offered by many of Bay City’s organizations representing art, music, theater, reading, science, wellness, history and more. From summer camps and workshops to family events, these Bay City organizations have much to keep you busy this summer. Tables will fill the Planetarium’s Grand Atrium lobby with activities for all ages. Registration information and take-home literature for each organization will be available. Admission is free.
The Planetarium will host a special talk by Craig Whitford from Michigan State University about meteorites, ancient debris that falls to earth from space. Whitford is the Meteorites Collection Coordinator at the university’s Abrams Planetarium in East Lansing and was lead designer of their new $100,000 meteorite exhibit. The program will focus on the identifying characteristics of meteorites, where they come from, the different types, and their significance in understanding the formation of the solar system. Craig will also look at meteorite finds from across the state, including the most recent specimens from the 2018 fireball explosion near Hamburg Township in southern Michigan. A question and answer period will be included. Special admission price of $5 per person.
"A great venue in the middle of the city. The 360 screen puts you right in the show!"