An out of this world experience at the Armagh Planetarium

ARE you looking for somewhere to visit during the Easter holidays?

Why not make the trip to Armagh Planetarium which offers visitors a unique experience which is quite simply “out of this world”.

During the Easter holidays the Planetarium has extended opening hours, added in extra theatre shows and developed fun workshops to be run during the week.

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In the Planetarium’s amazing Digital Theatre you can relax and experience our planet and beyond; take a tour of the night sky, or even discover some of the myths behind the star constellations such as Orion. Each show is a memorable experience and one that you will treasure.

After all that excitement, you can then explore the stunning exhibition areas using the interactive displays to learn more about the cosmos.

Take a trip into the Mars room, view the 3D shows or touch the largest meteorite on display in Ireland which at an amazing 4.6 billion years old, is the oldest thing you'll ever touch.

See the scale models of probes such as Viking, and Satellites such as the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. The Planetarium also runs hourly science workshops where you can volunteer to participate in activities such as electricity and magnetism.

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After all that, if you have the time, you can have a stroll around the Astropark, which displays a scale model of the Universe where visitors can walk through the Solar System into the Milky Way and beyond; or why not try some astronaut ice cream from the gift shop?

Easter Opening Times: Monday, April 5 to Saturday, April 10 - 11.30am to 5pm; shows playing at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. (Closed Friday 2nd April 2010- Good Friday)

Show Times: Orion: Legends of the Night Sky at 12noon, We Are Astronomersat 1pm, Pole Position (Night Sky Show) at 2pm, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket at 3pm, Invaders of Mars at 4pm.

Pre-booking is essential. For more information, telephone 028 3752 3689.

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