Armagh Observatory & Planetarium to host out of this world outdoor illuminations

Space Lights

Space Lights will be a new spectacular light trail show within the grounds of the Observatory and Planetarium running from Wednesday 16 until Wednesday 23 December. The immersive event runs each night from 5pm until 9pm with ticket holders given specific time slots to ensure social distancing.

The grounds will be transformed into a magical world of sound and light including space themed sculptures which will provide an out of this world backdrop for the perfect ‘Insta’ moment.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium Education and Outreach Manager, Sinead Mackle said: “We are very excited to bring this truly spectacular outdoor event to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium  this year and we hope it will provide a little light, and something special to enjoy, at the end of a challenging 2020 for families.

“A lot of work has gone into ensuring a one-way system is in operation along with allocated time slots so the flow of people can be controlled to ensure social distancing.”

The Planetarium will only be open to those buying a combined ticket for Space Lights and a dome show. To ensure social distancing, a limited number of shows are planned to take place with a limited capacity.

As the event is outdoors it is recommended visitors dress suitably. Space Lights will continue regardless of wet weather.

Tickets are priced at £10 per ticket or £35 for a family ticket which includes two adults and three children.  Admission to Space Lights and a family dome show is priced at £13.50 per ticket (no concessions) or £50 for a family ticket which includes two adults and three children.

Adult tickets for Space Lights and Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon dome show are priced at £20.

Dome Show times: Alien Who Stole Christmas 4.30pm & 7pm, Accidental Astronauts 5.45pm, Dark Side of the Moon 8pm.

Tickets can be purchased at There are a number of public carparks nearby as well as parking at The Royal School Armagh.

To find out more about upcoming events at Armagh Observatory & Planetarium visit


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