Armagh Observatory & Planetarium Logo Moon Competition Winners Reach for the Stars

New moon logo marks launch of Armagh Observatory & Planetarium’s ‘One Giant Leap’ Summer Programme celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 lunar landing

Armagh Observatory & Planetarium announced the winners of their Logo Moon Competition which saw young aspiring astronauts of all ages create a new moon-themed design to fit inside the crescent logo.

The Planetarium received over 800 fantastic entries from 31 schools across Northern Ireland, with one out-of-this-world design selected as the winning logo.

The celestial new design was created by Demi from Rasharkin Primary School, Ballymena, and will be the official logo of Armagh Observatory & Planetarium’s ‘One Giant Leap’ programme which kicks off this week.

Sinead Mackle, Education and Outreach Manager at the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium said; “I would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s competition. We were over the moon to receive such a large number of entries and with our summer-long ‘One Giant Leap’ programme of events and activities kicking off this week, this was a fantastic way to launch our celebrations.”

The Planetarium was delighted to welcome Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Mealla Campbell, Michael Scott, Editor of Armagh Gazette and Arlene Stevenson, Designer at Digital Shared Services to judge the competition.

Michael Scott, Editor of Ulster Gazette commented, “I was thrilled to be invited to judge the Logo Moon Competition at the Planetarium this week. This was a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to get creative and to learn more about the history of space exploration and the significance of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

The competition was a great way to connect new, younger audiences with this important historical milestone and I was delighted to help judge the entries. All of the designs were fantastic, and it was definitely a tough decision! I would like to extend my congratulations all of the winners, runners up and to everyone who took part.”

The Planetarium also announced the winners of each of the five categories; Nursery (Grace, Ballymena Nursery School), Key Stage 1 (Philip, Cortamlet Primary School), Key Stage 2 (Demi, Rasharkin Primary School), Special School Primary (Fiachra, Lisanally Special School) and Special School Secondary (Frazer, Beechlawn Special School). The winners of each category will receive a pass for their whole class to visit the Armagh Planetarium.


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