Armagh Planetarium is the longest running planetarium in the British Isles. The planetarium was opened in 1968 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. The Planetarium is equipped with a state-of-the art digital projector system providing an immersive experience under the full dome.

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Exhibition Area

Would you like to touch a real meteorite? Spin the clouds of Neptune? Create your own solar system, or perhaps a black hole? Our recently refreshed exhibition area features all of that and more: the history of astronomy in Armagh, the Solar System, stars, galaxies… Our new Sensory Room provides a fun yet relaxing area for discovering the wonders of space, and the PufferSphere displays invite you to take your own tour of the planets or of the wonders of the Earth.

Human Orrery

Armagh Observatory’s Human Orrery provides a unique investigation of planetary motion. It is also fun to use with the capacity to present fundamental ideas in astronomy, mathematics and space science to as wide an audience as possible.

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Augmented Reality

Have you ever wanted to walk on the moon like Neil Armstrong? Have you ever wanted to wander between the planets in our solar system? With our new Augmented Reality capabilities, you can!

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The Astropark is a scale model of the Universe, brought down to Earth in a beautiful natural setting. As you journey through the park you will get to interact with a scale model of the Solar System.

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Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Visit of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium grounds and buildings!

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Just inside the Planetarium reception doors we have our Café ! Pop in for an out of this world coffee and snack.

Weather Station

Our weather station within the grounds of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium has been keeping weather records for over 200 years!

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Data Visualisation Laboratory

The Data Visualisation Laboratory (DVL) brings the immersive experience of the planetarium dome to the researcher, providing tools for the visualisation of 3-dimensional data sets.  Our DVL combines a panoramic display, a large wall-screen and virtual reality (VR) to provide visualisations of multi-dimensional data sets.  On occasion public demonstrations are given where you can talk with an astronomer while going on tours of the cosmos using the panoramic display and the Digistar computer we use to generate our planetarium shows.

Phenology Garden

Everything in nature is the result of phenology. All organisms, including human beings, rely on and act according to the predictable nature of seasonal changes.

The activities of birds and insects let us know that spring has arrived. Birds inherently know that it is time to build a nest. The early spring bulbs know that it is time to emerge.

AOP’s new phenology garden is designed to let us follow the seasonal cycle of selected plants, a part of a European-wide network which contains identical plants. Situated near to the Weather Station we are now adding plants to the enclosure and beginning to record the dates of their phenological stages.

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