See the Stars at AOP in December

Come to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium to experience the marvels of the Universe! Armagh Planetarium will be hosting an exciting Digital Theatre show, talks by an astronomy student and a public telescope viewing session at our Late Night Opening on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

Our spectacular Digital Theatre show at 7.40pm will showcase the winning entries of the 2016 Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. There will be some fascinating and haunting images to experience and copies of the lavishly illustrated book collecting the entries will be on sale in our gift shop.

We will also be hosting a talk by Conor Bryne, a research student at the Observatory. Conor will present his talk at 7.10 and again at 8.20. Conor’s talk will be suitable for  all ages.

 

1300 light years away. M42, the Great Nebula in Orion, imaged through Armagh Planetarium’s telescope in January 2013. This was a 30 second exposure to capture the colours. (Image credit: Colin Johnston/Armagh Planetarium)

M42, the Great Nebula in Orion, imaged through Armagh Planetarium’s telescope in January 2013. This was a 30 second exposure to capture the colours. (Image credit: Colin Johnston/Armagh Planetarium)

 

We hope to observe through our 12 inch telescopes from 7.00 to 9.00pm. If you would like to join in please be aware that observing can be done only if the sky is clear, the telescope cannot see through cloud and rain! The Digital Theatre show and talks will go ahead regardless of the weather. Also dressing warmly is essential! If you already have a telescope or binoculars you are welcome to bring them with you for your own use.

If you are interested in participating please phone 028 37523689  or email reception@armaghplanet.com to book your place. We’re looking forward to a wonderful night of astronomy and stargazing!

Charges

Adult £3

Concession £2.50

Family (2 adults plus three children) £10

Note: Our Digital Theatre show for this Late Night Opening was to have been presented by Michael Burton, Director of AOP, but unfortunately this has been postponed. We apologise for this change to our programme.

Armagh Planetarium regrets that it is not able to assist in locating or viewing personally-named stars or any new night sky objects you have found or predicted. If you are looking for technical assistance with your telescope we are happy to see what we can do to help but note that our staff will be very busy during this event. If you can, phone the Planetarium to describe the problem you are experiencing and to arrange a suitable alternate time when we can give it our full attention.

Dates, times and programme details may be subject to alteration.

 

(Article by Colin Johnston, Science Education Director)

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