Celebrating 50 years because the Apollo 11 Moon touchdown – Astronotes

July 30, 2019 - Comment

Armagh Observatory & Planetarium launches main occasion programme to mark 50 years since Apollo moon touchdown Armagh Observatory and Planetarium begins official rely all the way down to new ‘One Large Leap’ summer time programme of occasions to mark man’s pioneering house journey  Mankind’s first foray into the cosmos will probably be celebrated in Northern


Armagh Observatory & Planetarium launches main occasion programme to mark 50 years since Apollo moon touchdown

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium begins official rely all the way down to new ‘One Large Leap’ summer time programme of occasions to mark man’s pioneering house journey 

Mankind’s first foray into the cosmos will probably be celebrated in Northern Eire this 12 months by the enduring Armagh Observatory and Planetarium which has launched a particular competition occasion programme to mark this main occasion in human historical past. 

Marking a full 50 years because the Apollo II lunar lander made historical past as the primary spaceflight to take people to the floor of one other world – touchdown astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon on July 20th 1969 – the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium’s ‘One Large Leap’ inspiring programme of occasions will present outdated and new generations a selection of alternatives to have a good time, expertise and find out about this historic occasion. 

Powered with Augmented Actuality expertise, immersive full dome exhibits, conventional movie, exhibitions, workshops and experiential occasions, all designed to get guests into the headspace of a nervously excited younger astronaut in 1969, the programme kicks off in early July and runs till the top of August. The occasions are designed for individuals of all ages to get entangled. 

“No different second in historical past has captivated – and continues to captivate – so many individuals, which is why we wish to share and have a good time this superb journey with a programme of distinctive occasions that basically is out of this world,” Professor Michael Burton of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium mentioned. 

Armagh Planetarium was only one 12 months outdated when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon. Reporting on the Moon landings helped set up the Planetarium’s fame because the “place for house”. Now, 50 years later, we’re very joyful to revisit the occasions of 1969. Come to Armagh this summer time to see one of the best “place for house”, to expertise the Moon landings, study concerning the fascinating discoveries of astronomy over the previous century, and listen to extra about Armagh’s personal function in exploring the cosmos. 

The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium stays one of many UK and Eire’s oldest and most revered working planetariums and nonetheless delivers a globally-recognised scientific analysis and academic programme. 

“Most of our guests now have been born after 1969 and whereas they know this thrilling story second hand, this 12 months we wish them to actually expertise it as a part of a really distinctive and in depth celebratory programme of occasions. 

“With collaborative and monetary assist from Armagh Metropolis, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the ‘Museum of the Moon on the Mall’ which features a beautiful, touring paintings created by Luke Jerram, may even deliver a terrific showcase competition occasion to the broader space which will probably be remembered for years to come back,” Professor Burton added. 

Armagh Planetarium opens Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and you may verify the web site www.armagh.ac.uk for normal updates and for reserving tickets, in addition to details about particular night and Sunday opening instances. Alternatively, you’ll be able to telephone 028 3752 3689. 

Tickets for many exhibits and occasions will go on sale from 1 April 2019.

For extra data, further photos or to request an interview, please contact Annette McCormick or Dave Cullen on 028 9042 7004 or by way of cellular 07540 636 193. Additionally, please electronic mail by return for a speedy response.

APOLLO 1 

ONE GIANT LEAP! 

Mankind’s first foray into the cosmos will probably be celebrated in Northern Eire this 12 months by the enduring Observatory and Planetarium in Armagh, which has launched a particular competition occasion programme to mark this main occasion in human historical past. Budding astronauts Ellie McGuigan (5) and Leo Cullen (9) joined within the official celebrations to mark the launch of the programme. Powered with Augmented Actuality expertise, immersive full dome exhibits, conventional movie, exhibitions, workshops and experiential occasions, all designed to get guests into the headspace of a nervously excited younger astronaut in 1969, the programme kicks off in early July and runs till the top of August. For extra data, go to www.armagh.ac.uk. 

APOLLO 2 

ONE GIANT LEAP!

Mankind’s first foray into the cosmos will probably be celebrated in Northern Eire this 12 months by the enduring Observatory and Planetarium in Armagh which has launched a particular competition occasion programme to mark this main occasion in human historical past. Professor Michael Burton joins budding astronaut Leo Cullen (9) as a part of official celebrations to mark the official programme launch. Powered with Augmented Actuality expertise, immersive full dome exhibits, conventional movie, exhibitions, workshops and experiential occasions, all designed to get guests into the headspace of a nervously excited younger astronaut in 1969, the programme kicks off in early July and runs till the top of August. For extra data, go to www.armagh.ac.uk. 

APOLLO three 

ONE GIANT LEAP! 

Mankind’s first foray into the cosmos will probably be celebrated in Northern Eire this 12 months by the enduring Observatory and Planetarium in Armagh which has launched a particular competition occasion programme to mark this main occasion in human historical past. Professor Michael Burton joins budding astronauts Ellie McGuigan (5) and Leo Cullen (9) as a part of the official celebrations to mark the programme launch. Powered with Augmented Actuality expertise, immersive full dome exhibits, conventional movie, exhibitions, workshops and experiential occasions, all designed to get guests into the headspace of a nervously excited younger astronaut in 1969, the programme kicks off in early July and runs till the top of August. The occasions are designed for individuals of all ages to get entangled. For extra data, go to www.armagh.ac.uk. 

APOLLO four

ONE GIANT LEAP!

Mankind’s first foray into the cosmos will probably be celebrated in Northern Eire this 12 months by the enduring Observatory and Planetarium in Armagh which has launched a particular competition occasion programme to mark this main occasion in human historical past. Budding astronauts Ellie McGuigan (5) and Leo Cullen (9) are joined by (l-r) Professor Michael Burton from Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, Chris Conway, chief govt of Translink and Bryan Wockley from the workplace of the US Consulate Normal in Northern Eire. Powered with Augmented Actuality expertise, immersive full dome exhibits, conventional movie, exhibitions, workshops and experiential occasions, all designed to get guests into the headspace of a nervously excited younger astronaut in 1969, the programme kicks off in early July and runs till the top of August. The occasions are designed for individuals of all ages to get entangled. For extra data, go to www.armagh.ac.uk. 

Key highlights from the One Large Leap summer time programme embrace:

MINECRAFT ON THE MOON

Each day at 10am, 12.15am, 2:15pm and 4pm from 11-13 July.

Youngsters will love these particular moon-themed gaming workshops utilizing Minecraft which is able to problem them to discover the cosmos as a part of particular person and group challenges utilizing laptops and digital gadgets. Appropriate for kids aged eight and over, delivered along side STEM Conscious, demand will probably be sky excessive for this his knock-out characteristic occasion. Word: The 4pm session is finest suited to youngsters below eight years outdated. 

Above and Past

Each day from 17-31 July

For 2 full weeks, along side the Robinson Library, Quantity 5 Vicars’ Hill, Armagh County Museum and the Market Place Theatre, the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium will host the Worldwide Astronomical Union centenary exhibition celebrating the astronomical discoveries of the final century, related technological developments and their impression on human tradition. 

MUSEUM OF THE MOON ON THE MALL

Saturday and Sunday 20-21 July

Situated within the Mall in Armagh’s metropolis centre and ideal for a picnic, this excellent free household occasion, which is supported by Armagh Metropolis, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, will characteristic a jaw-dropping, specially-commissioned 7-metre diameter backlit sky-high moon globe and centrepiece alongside reside music, youngsters’s workshops, talks and leisure. Why not additionally absorb a visit to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium for an all-day expertise to recollect? 

BLOCKBUSTER SPACE FILM FESTIVAL

Numerous dates at 7pm

The Planetarium’s iconic dome is the inspiring location for a sequence of thrilling space-themed blockbuster motion pictures. Launched by real-life astronomers who will clarify the science behind the tales, this distinctive and provoking occasion is to not be missed. See web site for particulars. 

SPACE PARK AUGMENTED REALITY EXPERIENCE

July 20 Onwards

In a significant first for Northern Eire, put together to be enthralled as a part of your go to to the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium the place the Astropark will probably be your digital launch base to expertise a ‘actual’ reside take-off of a 110m-high Saturn V rocket from the highest of the Hill of Infinity. Then immerse your self within the Planetarium in a digital mannequin of the Moon earlier than making your manner throughout a digital moon panorama of an Apollo touchdown web site. Superior! Word: the primary launch would require an iPhone to expertise. 

CAPCOM GO!

Each day from Saturday 20 July

A particular present launching inside the enduring Armagh Planetarium Dome of CapCom Go, an immersive full dome present and historic documentary that showcases the stellar achievements of the Apollo programme and the actual story and preparations made behind humanity’s first journey to the Moon. Introducing a brand new technology to this superb human story, it should thrill want-to-be explorers, engineers, designers, thinkers and dreamers of the longer term! Tickets could also be reserved from 1 April. 

SCIENTIFIC SUE

Friday and Saturday 16-17 August

An vital, participating occasion to your youthful crew. Be part of Scientific Sue for a Tremendous Summer season reside science present – however put together your self for many explosions, mess, enjoyable and, most significantly, studying! It’s all hand-on for all of the household on this sensible 60-minute present which ensures enjoyable for everybody. 

HEROES & LEGENDS

Saturday and Sunday 6-7 July

Marking a particular return to kick off this 12 months’s thrilling summer time programme, Heroes & Legends at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium takes place day-after-day between 10am and four.30pm and guarantees to take your house lovers on an experiential journey of discovery. Come alongside and meet iconic costumed characters together with Harry Potter, Spiderman, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Star Wars and plenty of extra. Convey your digicam to make these recollections final! 



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