Admire the Northern Lights at the Delta Planetarium


Delta College Planetarium in Bay City will host a special live Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis presentation at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 5. Planetarium director and astronomer Mike Murray will unravel the mystery of the aurora using the unique wraparound environment of the planetarium’s Dome360 Theater.

The program will show what causes the Northern Lights and how to observe them.

“Since they are related to storm activity on the sun, we will examine the sun-earth connection and why our magnetic field is critical in creating this phenomenon,” Murray said. “Solar storm activity increases as we approach the next sunspot maximum, leading to more auroral displays that can be seen farther south. We will also look at aurora stories and folklore, from Canada and from Scandinavia to the southern hemisphere where they are known as Aurora Australis.

The show will include full-dome time-lapse images of the Northern Lights from various locations around the world as well as the International Space Station. Images from local photographers will also be featured on the dome, including views of the phenomenon known as “STEVE”, an aurora-like feature that has only recently been better understood.

Tickets are at the special price of $3 per seat and can be purchased online at www.delta.edu/calendar/planetarium.html. Planetarium doors will open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.


For more information, visit www.delta.edu/planetarium or call 989-667-2260. The Delta College Planetarium is located in downtown Bay City at 100 Center Ave.

Arline J. Mercier