Visit Ireland’s leading centre for astronomical education for an intergalactic voyage of discovery!
All Things Planetary
Just up the A29 from Newmills on College Hill is Armagh Planetarium – a place filled with all things planetary. Armagh Planetarium hosts a variety of dramatic shows at hourly intervals from noon with titles like Invadors of Mars and Secret of the Cardboard Rocket!
Armagh’s Observatory Astropark is a miniature version of the Universe and lets you walk through the Solar System and beyond. It’s a very clever way of giving children an interactive way of learning about the Universe. Stainless Steel models show how small Earth is in comparison to some of our neighbouring planets.
The Planetarium has a digital theatre where shows for all the family are screened in darkness and with extraordinary sound systems. The show timetable changes from week to week and examples include “Violent Universe” in which asteroids, comets and meteors hurtle through space – the raw power of the cosmos is demonstrated in this thrilling show.
A favourite with the children, this rocket building activity explores creativity and combines it with learned science introducing young minds to the principles of motion and forces.
Earth to the Heavens
This is an awesome exhibition. The Celestial Cathedral within this exhibition displays deep space images taken by the Hubble Space telescope framed by dramatic gothic arches. The much loved Cosmic Balloons and the amazing largest meteorite in Ireland are also on displays here!
Visiting the Planetarium
Why not check out the website (see further information below) and plan your visit before you go, invent a quiz, compile questions you want answers to, plan your route, check out what you want to see first and what you don’t mind if you don’t see. Make the most of your day out at the Planetarium!
Highlight of the Day
Touching a 4.5 billion year old meteor!
Nearest train station : Belfast
Car parking : yes
Website : www.armaghplanet.com