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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.


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.

Showtimes & TIckets


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  • 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.

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  • Stars of the Pharaohs
    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
    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.

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  • Mysteries of the Great Lakes
    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.

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Events

Totality: Chasing the Shadow - Thursday, March 14 at 7pm

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.

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Family Fun Fair - Saturday, April 27 from 12 - 2pm

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.

Meteorite or Meteor-Wrong? - Friday, May 17 at 7pm

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.

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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.