Wednesday, 8 August 2007


Armagh Planetarium has three brand new shows for the summer, including one specially written for children, called Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. It shows how children build their own space ship to explore the Solar System. After the show they can try their hand at rocket building using our top secret plans and experience astronaut training on the gyroscope. If they still have some energy left they can try out Ireland’s first interactive floor, and stomp on alien bugs, avoid alien crabs, and leave their footprints on the Moon! The more artistic little aliens will enjoy making their very own colourful Martians to take home.

Armagh is the only place in the UK where you can see our second blockbuster summer show, Dawn of the Space Age. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of mankind’s first artificial satellite that flew in space. In October 1957 the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1 into Earth orbit. This started a competition between the US and the USSR, the so-called Space Race in the midst of the Cold War. Dawn of the Space Age is a stunning experience; it records the many space firsts that were logged by both nations. This show faithfully recreates the rocket launches and shows the early space craft in amazing detail. You can experience many of the problems that the first astronauts and cosmonauts overcame, and how close many of the early exploits came to disaster. And right up-to-date, you can see the launch of Space Ship One which is an early model of the first tourist space ships that will reach the edge of space.

Our final new summer show is our very popular in-house Pole Position. This is a live show, narrated by one of our staff members: it shows Planetarium audiences the amazing things that are to be found in the summer night sky, including the constellations, deep space nebulae, massive globular clusters and spectacular galaxies, all experienced in full colour in our immersive all-dome Digital Theatre.

Afterwards take a break to refuel in our Voyager café, before heading outside to Armagh Observatory’s Astropark, where you can stroll from the Sun to Pluto and on to the edge of the universe, or try your hand - or I should say feet - at the amazing 'Human Orrery'. Open Daily July and August 11.30am-5.00pm

Booking is Essential: Tel: 028 3752 3689.


Adults £6.00 per show

Children (under 16)/Senior Citizens (65 yrs +) £5.00 per show

Family Concession Rate £18 (for maximum 2 adults plus 3 children)

Group Rates (more than 20 people) £5.00 per person

Exhibition Area Only £2.00 per person


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