W.A. Gayle Planetarium debuts new Hubble Space Telescope exhibit

Posted: Wednesday, 10 November 2010

MONTGOMERY—A new exhibit at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium will give visitors an up-close look at a replica of a famous piece of NASA hardware, the Hubble Space Telescope.

The 1:5 scale replica is an accurate recreation of the orbital telescope which has provided stunning images of space since its launch in April 1990.

“The Hubble Space Telescope has astounded us with unprecedented views of the cosmos—from the splendor of our own celestial neighborhood to galaxies billions of light years away,” said Planetarium Director Rick Evans. “This exhibit makes it possible for the general public to see and understand this amazing instrument that has made so many extraordinary discoveries since its launch.”

The exhibit was brought to the Planetarium this month by the Marshall Space Flight Center and will be on display in the lobby of the Planetarium through November 2011.

In addition to the exhibit, the Planetarium will be showing “Through the Eyes of Hubble,” a planetarium program narrated by “Star Trek’s” Gates McFadden that tells the story of NASA’s dramatic mission to repair the Hubble. Computer graphics, multi-screened video projections, and dozens of special effect projectors combine to present a spectacular glimpse at the images captured by the space telescope.

Located in Oak Park, the W.A. Gayle Planetarium is operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery. With more than 200 theater-style seats, the planetarium is one of the largest in the Southeast.

For more information about the Planetarium or upcoming events, call 334-241-4799.

Telescope

A 1:5 scale replica of the Hubble Space Telescope is the newest exhibit at W.A. Gayle Planetarium in Montgomery. The replica was brought to the Planetarium this month by the Marshall Space Flight Center and will be on display through November 2011. W.A. Gayle Planetarium is operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)