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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.

Tickets now available online

To celebrate the debut of online ticketing, adult show tickets are available at a $2 discount (online only) through the end of 2022.  Check the show titles below and click on the “Showtimes & Tickets” button to make your purchase. And if you like to plan ahead, take a look at our Show & Event Schedule to discover what we have planned for the rest of 2022!


Now Showing

  • Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens
    Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

    Perhaps the most elegant planet in our solar system, this show celebrates the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Discover the mystery of Saturn's rings, explore moons with atmospheres and lakes and even frozen over oceans blowing geysers into space. See the differences in the makeup of the bodies in the Saturn system.

    SHOWTIMES & Tickets

  • Stars
    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.

    SHOWTIMES & Tickets

  • Monster Light Show
    Monster Light Show

    Your favorite Halloween songs come alive with amazing and immersive graphics. Great for the whole family!

    Note: The Monster Light Show has bright, flashing lights throughout the program.

    SHOWTIMES & Tickets

  • Forward to the Moon
    Forward to the Moon

    NASA’s 21st century Artemis program, named after the Greek moon Goddess and twin of Apollo, is the next step in our mission to go back to the Moon and explore the universe.

    Showtimes & Tickets

Special Events

Artemis I Launch - UPDATE

The launch attempt on September 3 was scrubbed again due to a hydrogen fuel leak. We hope to revive this event on the rescheduled date.  We apologize for any disappointment this brings, but we wish Artemis I favorable launch conditions as it begins to return us to the Moon.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ARTEMIS I at NASA

“Many Inspired Steps” Photo Exhibition - through December 31

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the final Apollo moon landing, and the Apollo Moon Program in general, this free photo exhibition will be available in the main atrium lobby through the end of the year.

International Observe the Moon Night - Saturday, October 1 at 8:30pm

This annual event features viewing the Moon from the planetarium’s rooftop observation deck with telescopes and binoculars (weather permitting).  The event begins with a free live presentation in the theater. Viewing on the observation deck begins at 9:30pm.  The presentation will go on no matter the weather, however, observing is weather dependent. This is a free event.

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Observe Saturn Night - Friday, October 14 at 8pm

Join us on the planetarium rooftop observation deck (weather permitting) with telescopes to see the planet Saturn at its prime. We'll start off with a free planetarium presentation to introduce visitors to the ringed planet before observing. In the case of poor weather, the event will take place the following day at 8pm and the presentation will happen regardless of the weather on that night. This is a free event.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Watch - Tuesday, November 8 at 5am

See the last total lunar eclipse until the year 2025.  Observing from the planetarium’s rooftop observation deck begins early in the morning at 5am, weather permitting. This is a free event.

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Observe Jupiter Night - Friday, November 11 at 8pm

See the largest planet in our solar system through telescopes on our rooftop observation deck (weather permitting).  We will begin with a free planetarium presentation to introduce visitors to Jupiter and then move to our observation deck for observing.  In the case of inclement weather, we will move the event to Saturday, November 12 at 8pm and the presentation will take place regardless of the weather on that night. This is a free event.

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Gateway to the Stars: Buying a Telescope - Friday, December 2 at 7pm

In addition to finding your way around the winter night sky, this episode looks at tips for buying your first telescope. We will have observing on the deck after the show (weather permitting). If cloudy, there will be telescopes on display in the lobby with members of the Sunset Astronomical Society there to answer questions. Special pricing of only $3.

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Observe Mars Night - Saturday, December 10 at 8pm

Mars is at its closest approach to Earth since 2020.  Here’s your chance to see it from the planetarium’s rooftop observation deck.  The event begins with a live presentation in the theater followed by observing, weather permitting. In the case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, December 11 at 8pm and the presentation will take place that night regardless of the weather. This is a free event.

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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.

    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 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 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.