W.A. Gayle planetarium in Montgomery to reopen March 9 - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

W.A. Gayle planetarium in Montgomery to reopen March 9

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:55:56 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.More >>
    Israel struck symbols of Hamas' control of Gaza and the strip's only power plant on Tuesday, escalating its military campaign against the Islamic militant group with the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.More >>
  • Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:53:09 GMT
    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.More >>
    Multiple sources tell News Leader 9 that a Smiths Station teacher was hit by a train earlier today in Lee County.

    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.
    More >>
  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:36:53 GMT
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges...More >>
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The W.A. Gayle Planetarium in Montgomery will reopen to the public Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

The planetarium closed in late January for a major upgrade project.

The planetarium's 45-year-old analong projector was replaced with a new full-dome digital projector.

Planetarium director Rick Evans said the analog projector has been in use since the planetarium opened in 1969. The star machine is operated using 300 knobs and controls to project light through hundreds of tiny holes in the ceiling.

The new system is controlled by a computer with digital images of stars and planets from a single digital projector in the center of the dome. Evans says the experience will be more dynamic and immersive for viewers. It will also offer a greater variety of programming options like the program "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure."

"Full-dome projection will give viewers the feeling of motion while watching the immersive video on the dome," Evans said, in a news release. "You will feel like you're in the middle of the action during a show."

The City of Montgomery and Troy University funded the $500,000 upgrade with support from the Daniel Foundation, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and the State of Alabama Education Trust Fund.

The planetarium is located in Oak Park. It's operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow