Armagh Planetarium

Armagh Planetarium
College Hill
Armagh
Co. Armagh
BT61 9DB
Northern Ireland

Website

www.armaghplanet.com

E-mail

info@armaghplanet.com

Telephone

Bookings line for public, group and school visits

028 3752 3689

Administration queries

028 3752 4725

Fax

028 3752 6187

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Exterior of Planetarium
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The Planetarium is a multifaceted organisation dedicated to astronomy education for all levels, from nursery through to retirement age. It is the Planetarium's unique ability to adapt to changing audience needs that have enabled it to stay at the forefront of science education since its formation.

Armagh Planetarium offers a curriculum-broadening experience for school visitors, and our educational programme has been redesigned to dovetail with the new curriculum, while retaining characteristics which are central to an understanding of basic astronomy.

Our aim is to demonstrate to our visitors the amazing objects that exist in the cosmos, but to do it in such a way that they do not see our efforts as formal teaching. We call this “Learning by Stealth”. When they are prompted to ask questions, they are engaging in the learning process.

All of our school theatre shows are interactive, so that presenters and pupils take an active part in the show. Follow up tasks back in the classroom are facilitated by downloadable PDFs and astronomical factsheets for teachers to use as supplementary teaching material.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm

Monday-Friday Digital Theatre show at 2pm
Saturday Digital Theatre Shows at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

Please visit our website www.armaghplanet.com for show programme.

Admission charges

Exhibition Area only: £2.00

Show and Exhibitions
Adults: £6.00
Children Under 16: £5.00
Senior Citizens: £5.00
Family Ticket: £18.00 (2 adults & 3 children)

10% discount for additional shows

Additional info

The Digital Theatre is the centrepiece of Armagh Planetarium, and with the Digistar 3 projection system we can take our visitors to anywhere in the universe - or any time. There are a variety of shows on offer. For more information please check our website or contact us by telephone. Advance booking is essential!

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
pinhole camera solargraph showing the path of the sun over a period of several months

Look at the Sky in a New Way: Pinhole Camera Workshop

  • 15 August 2014 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 1:30-2:30pm
  • 16 August 2014 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 1:30-2:30pm

Justin will be holding exciting workshops where you will be making your own four-month duration pinhole camera.

Using a can, some tape and paper you will be able to take a photograph from this summer until the winter equinox (December 21st). The result is an amazing picture on which the sun’s path is recorded each day.

It actually takes five months before you get to see your photo so patience will be required! But the wait will be worth it in the end.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.armaghplanet.com/events/look-at-the-sky-in-a-new-way-pinhole-camera-workshop.html

A Swarm of Ancient Stars

Our Place in the Universe Course

  • 1 October 2014 11am-1pm

Over ten weeks, the course takes a season by season look at the stars in their constellations and the mythology surrounding them, before examining the other worlds in our Solar System, we then move out to the stars and nebulae before exploring the galaxies and expanding Universe. We finish by discussing the ever-fascinating question of whether there is life beyond our planet. The course is presented in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with extensive use of beautiful and up to date imagery from the world’s greatest observatories or exciting space missions.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Fees to be announced. Enrolment through QUB School of Education Open Learning. Please contact QUB for further information. http://www.qub.ac.uk/.

Website

http://www.armaghplanet.com/events/our-place-in-the-universe-course-returns-in-2014.html

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Stardome Portable Planetarium Outreach Visits

http://www.armaghplanet.com/html/StarDome.html

The StarDome inflatable portable planetarium travels throughout Ireland to delight and educate audiences of all ages. It stands 12 feet high and can accommodate up to 30 children or 25 adults. The audience enters through the air lock and sits on the floor, enjoying a trip around the night sky as the StarDome presenter projects the heavens. All shows are live and the audience is actively encouraged to ask questions.
StarDome show themes are tailored to suit the particular needs of an audience, and can incorporate topics such as the Solar System, Greek mythology, meteorites and living in space.

How to obtain

A typical show lasts for 40 minutes, depending on the age of the audience. Schools can expect to have at least 120 children (30 x 4 shows) to participate in presentations during a single day.
StarDome can be hired for full and half days or for festivals. Please contact the Planetarium for current prices on 028 3752 3689.

Educational Visits to the Planetarium for Pupils with Special Needs

http://www.armaghplanet.com/html/special_needs.html

The Planetarium offers Special Needs visitors the opportunity to explore astronomy and space science and to see the spectacular objects from the Solar System and beyond, at a level appropriate to the pupil’s abilities.
We would recommend a show and then a workshop which can involve all of the children in a hands-on activity. Rocket workshops are especially suitable, although they are weather dependent.
Follow up visits to the school can be arranged to explore other aspects of science and help the children to enjoy discovering simple scientific principles for themselves.

How to obtain

The small class sizes in Special Needs Schools makes it easier for Planetarium staff to work with the children and young adults: we can modify our visit to suit you. Special Needs teachers are encouraged to come along and see what we can do. For more information and to make a booking please call 028 3752 3689.

Key Stage 1 Educational Programme

http://www.armaghplanet.com/html/primary.html

During their Planetarium visit, Year 3 and 4 primary school pupils take part in an interactive Solar System show. The show includes a visual explanation of how the Moon's appearance changes in the sky as it waxes and wanes. After the show, the children then take part in a workshop which tells them all about the planet Mars and then asks them to design their own Martian Mission Patch. Other workshops include Rocks from Space, where they are shown how the Moon became covered in craters and get to make some craters of their own.

How to obtain

For more information and to make a booking please call 028 3752 3689.

Key Stage 2 Educational Programme

http://www.armaghplanet.com/html/primary.html

Pupils take part in an interactive show exploring the Solar System, then a workshop to design a landing system allowing a safe descent for an “Eggstronaut”. They can also explore the Exhibition Areas, and see and touch the largest meteorite on display in Ireland. Pupils can hold smaller meteorites, discuss how they formed and what might happen if a meteoroid was on a collision course with Earth. They can make impact craters and learn how an asteroid strike 65 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs. Our workshops are designed to make children think about the consequences of celestial events.

How to obtain

For more information and to make a booking please call 028 3752 3689.

Posters, Star Charts and Activity Booklets

http://www.armaghplanet.com/html/free_stuff.html

Free downloadable software, educational booklets, posters and star charts.

Creator

  • Colin Johnston

Publisher

  • Belfast Telegraph

'Underneath the Stars' KS3 Workshops at Armagh Planetarium

http://www.armaghplanet.com/html/post_primary.html

The Planetarium runs activities and workshops supporting the KS3 curriculum, which encourages pupils to use communication, mathematicaI and ICT skills, manage information and solve problems in groups. Pupils are encouraged to ask questions about the cosmos, understand the Solar System and the structure of the Universe.

Workshop activities cover exploring the Universe, human and robotic exploration of the Solar System, using Earth- and space-based telescopes to see to the edge of the known Universe, and the technical problems of space flight.

Our inspirational show about the Christmas Star complements the Religious Education unit of the new NI Curriculum.

How to obtain

For more information and to make a booking please call 028 3752 3689.

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