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The W.A. Gayle Planetarium was built in 1968 and opened its doors in 1969.  The planetarium is located in Oak Park, adjacent to the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office.

The new Planetarium system – the Super Mediaglobe II installed in February of 2014 – is the world’s first full-color single-lens digital planetarium. It projects simulations of the latest information gathered about our universe and presents it with leading-edge digital dome technology. Its 3-D digital planetarium functions simulate not just the earth and sky, but can take audiences to the edge of the known universe. In addition to the simulations of stars, constellations, and planets, SUPER MEDIAGLOBE II projects natural sky phenomenon including lightning, clouds, rain, snow and aurora that can be superimposed on the background sky or an all-sky image or movie. This remarkable ability creates more natural and realistic scenes to immerse and inspire families and students.

The new technology improves the viewer experience for visitors to the Planetarium and allows for exploration of Earth through the use of continually updated satellite datasets of our planet’s land, ocean, atmosphere and climate of our entire planet.

The planetarium offers public shows throughout the week. Reservations are Not Required for these shows.

September Show: The Hot and Energetic Universe


The planetarium documentary “The Hot and Energetic Universe” presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images, the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to High Energy Astrophysics.



    * General Admission - $7.50 per person

Please Note - No Admission is allowed after the show has begun.

The schedule is as follows:

    * Monday thru Thursday - 4 p.m.

    * Sunday - 2 p.m.

  If you are interested in bringing a school or group for an educational program, the schedule is as follows:

    * Monday thru Thursday - 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.

    * Friday - 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Included is an Educational Astronomy Presentation along with access to the Discovery Store Gift Shop.

Reservations are Required for these shows.


Cancellation Policy: Advance Cancellation is Required. If you fail to cancel the appointment, a deposit will be required for all future scheduled appointments that is made with the school.

The deposit will be non-refundable, but will be deducted from the total bill when the school/group checks in.

To reserve your place at the Planetarium please call (334) 241-4799. We look forward to seeing you!!


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