The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium today (Tuesday) launched a public consultation on plans for its planned redevelopment of the state-of-the-art science and education park.
Throughout the consultation period, which will run from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th November, the public is invited to visit the Armagh Planetarium during its opening hours to view and submit comments on the conceptual designs for future development. .
A survey will be available online and facilities to complete it will be provided for those who choose to do so on site.
The consultation comes as the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium seeks to realize a future vision of an enhanced tourist destination, which requires long-term capital investment.
The demand for education and visitor programs currently exceeds the capacity of the organization, but this vision goes beyond doing more, it is about creating a resource of regional significance and global reach.
After considering many options, the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium has created a concept for the redevelopment of its site, maximizing connections between a new center and its Grade A listed observatory, to facilitate public engagement with its heritage , and to safeguard and preserve it for the future. generations.
It is expected that the redevelopment concept will see the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium become a regional hub for shared state-of-the-art data visualization facilities, including an immersive visitor experience. The transformation will also allow the organization to improve the public dissemination of science and deliver STEM education.
Professor Michael Burton, Director of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, said: “In 2016 I left Australia to oversee the transformation of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium and I am delighted to see it come to fruition. I was drawn to the rich heritage of the organization and its reputation as a world-renowned center for astronomy.
“There is nowhere else quite like the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, with its deep astronomical heritage and its Observatory’s frontline research record. Of course, there is also its famous Planetarium, where stories of discovery are told.
“I am excited by the immense potential of realizing the synergies of the Observatory and the Planetarium on the same site, to create a center for science communication and explanation of the wonders of the cosmos in an exciting way.
“We hope it will be a place where we can educate in an entertaining way and also inform about some of the great challenges of our time. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the local community and help boost local and regional economies.
Armagh Observatory has been carrying out frontline astronomy activities since 1790. It has a remarkable scientific heritage with six generations of astronomical telescopes inside. The Planetarium has been educating the public about the planets and stars in its famous starry dome for over 50 years.
The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is aiming to have its business case approved early next year in anticipation of future funding opportunities.
To participate in the consultation, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AOPFuture
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