W. A. Gayle Planetarium

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W. A. Gayle Planetarium
Front of W. A. Gayle Planetarium
Front of W. A. Gayle Planetarium
Location within Montgomery
General information
TypePlanetarium
LocationOak Park
Address1010 Forest Ave, Montgomery, Alabama
Coordinates32°22′05″N 86°17′13″W / 32.368°N 86.287°W / 32.368; -86.287
OpenedSeptember 25, 1968
Other information
Seating capacity159
Website
www.troy.edu/planetarium/

The W.A. Gayle Planetarium is operated by Troy University for the city of Montgomery, Alabama. It provides public presentations and exhibits on astronomy, planetary science, and space exploration.

Overview[edit]

The W.A. Gayle Planetarium is a planetarium located in Oak Park in the city of Montgomery, Alabama. Dedicated on September 25, 1968,[1] the planetarium is named after William Armistead Gayle,[2] mayor of Montgomery from 1952 to 1959. It is currently operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery.

Daily public shows typically offer visitors a full-dome movie about a current topic in astronomy and planetary science. Interactive presentations provide a tour of the night sky over Montgomery, pointing out what planets, stars, and constellations can be seen overhead. The 159-seat theater uses a Super MediaGlobe II digital projection system (installed in 2014[3]) to simulate the night sky. Other exhibits include a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope, images of celestial objects, and a black lit hallway depicting the history of astronomy[4]. The planetarium is currently closed on Saturdays.[5]

Coordinates: 32°22′05″N 86°17′15″W / 32.368149°N 86.287416°W / 32.368149; -86.287416

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Editorial: The Planetarium Dedication". WSFA-TV. September 26, 1968.
  2. ^ "ABOUT | Montgomery Botanical Gardens". Montgomery Botanical Gardens. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  3. ^ Staff, WSFA 12 News. "W.A. Gayle planetarium in Montgomery to reopen March 9". Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  4. ^ "Stars Shine at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium". Midtown Montgomery Living. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  5. ^ "troy.edu - W.A. Gayle Planetarium". www.troy.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-09.