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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.

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  • Stars

    New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.

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  • Phantom of the Universe
    Phantom of the Universe

    From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment in South Dakota, this planetarium show will immerse you in the search for dark matter.

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  • Perfect Little Planet
    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.

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  • Aurora: Lights of Wonder
    Aurora: Lights of Wonder

    The aurora is one of the greatest wonders 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.

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Fireworks Fundraiser - Saturday, July 6 at 7pm

Get the best view of the fireworks from our rooftop observation deck, along with parking and special dome shows, all while supporting the educational mission of the Planetarium.  Includes snacks and souvenirs from the planetarium and local businesses.  Tickets are $65.


International Moon Day - Friday, July 19 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. Regular planetarium show admission rates apply.


Great Affection Documentary - Friday, July 26 at 5:30 & 7pm

The Bay County Historical Museum and Delta College Planetarium will host Great Affection, an entertaining documentary that highlights Madonna's connection to Bay City.

The curator of the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame exhibit, Gary Johnson, will make a special introduction. Director and Co-Producer, Malcom Cottle, will be available for a Q&A session following the showing. Tickets are $10/person.


Perseid Meteor Shower Observing at Port Crescent State Park - Sunday, August 11 at 9pm

At the dark sky preserve near Port Austin with the support of local astronomy clubs and park staff.  Weather permitting, visitors will get to observe through telescopes and binoculars from a truly dark sky site! Includes watching for the famous annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Backup night is Monday, August 12 in case of inclement weather.  This is a free event.


"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.

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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.

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  • 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.


Special Events
  • Planetarium Lobby
    Special Events 

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

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  • Exterior of Planetarium
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  • 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