Armagh Planetarium reopened in the summer of 2006 following a major refurbishment programme funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The Digital Theatre has been completely refurbished with the world’s most advanced digital projection system, Digistar 3. A customised sound system designed by BOSE, a state-of-the-art LED lighting system and purpose-built reclining seats have also been added to enhance the visitor’s experience.
As part of the renovation project major changes have taken place in the Digital Theatre. A fantastic new Evans & Sutherland Digistar 3 multi-channel theatre system is at the centre of the renovation project which will treat audiences to a full-colour 3D experience projected over the entire dome. Armagh Planetarium is the only site in Ireland to boast this amazing technology.
You will travel to the International Space Station, outwards to Mars in our 3D stereo room and the new immersive gallery can project stereoscopic animations of Solar System exploration.
Visitors can use interactive displays to learn about the cosmos and watch the latest space news in real time. The Armagh Celestial Cathedral is a beautiful gallery of illuminated deep space images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope framed in dramatic gothic arches.
The Astropark is a scale model of the Universe where visitors can walk through the Solar System and into the Milky Way and beyond.
Our landscaped grounds are dotted with stainless steel scale models of the planets demonstrating how small our planet Earth is compared with some of its neighbouring worlds. The planets themselves are dwarfed by the great arch representing the limb of the Sun. Beyond the model planets is our Hyper-Cube, an exhibit demonstrating the principles used to fit the immensity of the Cosmos into a tiny part of Armagh.
During your visit why not design, build and launch your own rocket? Sounds impossible? Thousands of visitors have enjoyed this exciting activity and made it one of our most popular attractions.