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Armagh Observatory and Planetarium to present free showing of ‘Our Place in the Cosmos’ at special Phd event

Tickets are free of charge, however donations are appreciated to contribute towards AOP’s PhD programme.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) will showcase its prestigious show, “Our Place in the Cosmos” at free special screenings, as well as an opportunity to meet with PhD students.

The dome show, which was created for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last November, demonstrates the impacts of Global Warming on Earth.

Titled “Our Place in the Cosmos”, the specially composed show by Professor Michael Burton, is a planetarium full dome show about the fragile place planet Earth resides in our Galaxy, the only habitat yet known that can sustain life.

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

It delves into their atmospheres to show how oceans might look on these planets, it illustrates what would happen to the Earth’s continents should sea levels rise.

Armagh Observatory is known globally as a leader in the field of astronomical research, taking place since 1790.

It currently has 11 PhD students who are working on a wide range of topics, from studying the activity of our own closest star and its impact on space weather to solving the puzzle of the formation of distant galaxies.

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

“For those who didn’t get to see the show last year, this is an opportunity to get more curious about our planet and the conditions that led to an environment suitable for life, but also pose questions for future investigation. Our planet is fascinating! We are welcoming donations to our PhD student scholarship fund to help us maintain our PhD programme and train the next generation of students.”

Students at the Southern Regional College in Armagh collaborated with AOP, to create a unique soundtrack for this customised show.

Shows are taking place on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 February 2022.

Tickets are free of charge, however donations are appreciated to contribute towards AOP’s PhD programme.

More information and tickets can be found at

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