The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium will present a free screening of ‘Our Place in the Cosmos’ during a special doctoral event – Armagh I




The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) will present its prestigious show, “Our Place in the Cosmos”, during free special screenings, as well as the opportunity to meet doctoral students.

The dome spectacle, created for COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last November, demonstrates the impacts of global warming on Earth.

Entitled ‘Our Place in the Cosmos’, the specially composed show by Professor Michael Burton, is a full-domed planetarium show about the fragile place where planet Earth resides in our Galaxy, the only habitat still known that can support life. .

The show illustrates the contrasts of Earth and its closest planetary neighbours, Venus and Mars.

It dives into their atmospheres to show what the oceans might look like on these planets, it illustrates what would happen to Earth’s continents if sea levels rose.

The Armagh Observatory is known worldwide as a leader in the field of astronomical research, which has been going on since 1790.

It currently has 11 PhD students working on a wide range of topics, from studying the activity of our nearest star and its impact on space weather to solving the riddle of how distant galaxies form. .

Professor Michael Burton, Director of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, said: “We are extremely proud of our team here and our PhD students are working on some truly innovative ideas and concepts. Research is essential to continue front-line research and training.

“For those who couldn’t see the show last year, it’s an opportunity to be more curious about our planet and the conditions that have led to an environment suitable for life, but also to ask questions for future investigations. Our planet is fascinating! We welcome donations to our doctoral scholarship fund to help us maintain our doctoral program and train the next generation of students.

Students from Southern Regional College, Armagh collaborated with AOP to create a unique soundtrack for this custom show.

The shows take place on Friday February 11 and Saturday February 12, 2022.

Tickets are free, but donations are appreciated to contribute to AOP’s doctoral program.

More information and tickets can be found at www.armagh.space.




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