The Delta College Planetarium will host an encore of “See the Northern Lights”


Another presentation of “Seeing the Northern Lights” is scheduled for September 16 at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City.

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The Delta College Planetarium in Bay City will host a special live Northern Lights presentation, “See the Northern Lights” at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 16. Planetarium Director and Astronomer Mike Murray will demonstrate what causes the Northern Lights and how to observe them using the unique wraparound environment of the Planetarium’s Dome360 Theater.

“Aurora borealis activity is increasing as the frequency and intensity of solar storms increase,” Murray said. “As solar flares become more violent, charged particles are released into space and can be caught in the Earth’s magnetic field, triggering the Northern and Southern Lights.”

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.

Since last month’s performance sold out early, audiences are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online at www.delta.edu/calendar/planetarium.html. Tickets are at the special price of $3 per seat. All ages are welcome.

For more information, visit the planetarium website at 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