ARMAGH OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM PARTNERS WITH LIBRARIES NI TO GIFT ALL NI LIBRARIES FREE SCIENCE BOOKS

Armagh Observatory & Planetarium (AOP) has partnered with Libraries NI to distribute across the province 200 free copies of its brand-new children’s science book, “Big Book of Experiments and Bright Ideas.” Designed and written by AOP staff, the book was inspired by the success of the Planetarium’s ‘Science@Home’ online programme, Read more…

ARMAGH OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM KEY PARTNER IN NEW TELESCOPE FOR GRAVITATIONAL WAVE EVENTS

An international collaboration of ten partners, including Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, has developed an innovative new telescope, made up of two identical arrays on opposite sides of the planet, which will track down sources of gravitational waves such as merging Neutron Stars and Black Holes. The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer Read more…

May 2022 Weather in Armagh

WARMER, DULLER AND SLIGHTLY WETTER THAN AVERAGE.  SPRING 2022 WARMER, SUNNIER AND DRIER THAN AVERAGE Armagh Observatory reports that May 2022 was warmer, duller and slightly wetter than average.  Taking March, April and May together, the meteorological spring was warmer, sunnier, and drier than average. The observed mean temperature was Read more…

April 2022 Weather in Armagh

APRIL DRIER AND SUNNIER THAN AVERAGE WITH ROUGHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE Armagh Observatory reports that April 2022 was drier and sunnier than average and with roughly average temperature.  This was the fourth April in a row with average or lower-than-average precipitation.  Although sunnier than average it was much less sunny than Read more…

“BIG BOOK OF EXPERIMENTS AND BRIGHT IDEAS” – ARMAGH PLANETARIUM GIFTS OVER 850 SCIENCE BOOKS

“BIG BOOK OF EXPERIMENTS AND BRIGHT IDEAS” – ARMAGH PLANETARIUM GIFTS OVER 850 SCIENCE BOOKS The staff at Armagh Observatory & Planetarium (AOP) have designed and written a brand-new children’s science book. The “Big Book of Experiments and Bright Ideas” was inspired by the success of the Planetarium’s ‘Science@Home’ online programme, which Read more…

October 2021 Weather in Armagh

WARMEST OCTOBER AT ARMAGH FOR 15 YEARS, SUNNIER THAN AVERAGE AND WITH ABOUT AVERAGE RAINFALL. Armagh Observatory, 11th November 2021:  Armagh Observatory reports that October 2021 was much warmer and sunnier than average, with roughly average rainfall.  This was the warmest October at Armagh for 15 years. The mean temperature Read more…

Mission Christmas Gifts

Are you out of ideas for the perfect Christmas present this year? Do you want to show someone you love them to the Moon and back!? Armagh Observatory & Planetarium offer gift vouchers for a hassle free but magical gift experience this festive season. Choose a monetary voucher that can Read more…

Take a Tour of Armagh Observatory

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium has launched a series of Legendary Telescopes Tours. The tour takes you on a journey through the Armagh Observatory, giving you a fascinating insight into see its historic telescopes.    Armagh Observatory opened in 1790 and is now a Grade A listed heritage building in which astronomers still undertake fundamental research, and the oldest observatory in the UK and Read more…

May 2021 Weather in Armagh

WETTEST MAY FOR 18 YEARS, COLDEST FOR SIX YEARS, SUNNIER THAN AVERAGE.  SPRING 2021 SUNNIER AND COOLER THAN AVERAGE WITH ABOUT AVERAGE RAINFALL Armagh Observatory reports that May 2021 was wetter, colder and sunnier than average.  Taking March, April and May together, the meteorological spring was sunnier and cooler than average, with a little less Read more…

How to name an Asteroid

The first asteroids discovered in the early 1800’s were named after Roman and Greek mythological figures like Ceres, Pallas, and Vesta. Today, most asteroids are named after people, both real and fictional, places, animals, plants, and other natural phenomena. The discoverers of asteroids are responsible for proposing the name however Read more…

Earth Day events Online

Today (Wed 22 April) is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and we have lots planned for you! Over on Facebook, Twitter and Instgram⏰10am: Space Fact⏰12noon: Earth Day inspired experiment⏰3pm: “Zula Patrol” kids film (Facebook Only)⏰5pm: Earth Day inspired craft activity⏰8pm: “Dynamic Earth” film narrated by Liam Neeson (Facebook Only) Read more…