– Events will take place onsite at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium from 25-27 November 2022 –
The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium has announced that a number of entertaining and educational events for adults and families will take place on site from 25-27 November 2022.
These will be:
“So She Will Go to the Stars – Jessie Kennedy with Heavenly Strings”, which will take place on November 25. For adults only, this 70-minute live music performance by Jessie Kennedy and the Celestial Strings will take place at Armagh Observatory and the Planetarium’s Dome Theatre. The concert will also include short lectures on women in astronomy by Dr Erin Higgins of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium and on pioneering Irish astronomer and scientist Agnes Clerke (1842-1907) by historian and founder of the West Cork History Festival Victoria Kingston.
The concert is inspired by the life and work of Agnes Clerke. It will combine specially composed pieces with music, including Bach and Beethoven, as well as traditional Irish melodies. All musicians are preparing to perform live and work in West Cork. Jessie Kennedy (violin, vocals) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and writer who draws particular inspiration from historical figures and has a long-standing collaboration with the West Cork History Festival. Celestial Strings performers are Tess Leak (cello, autoharp and vocals), Diana Llewellyn (cello) and Susan McManamon (piano and vocals).
The Georgian Day Observatory tours, taking place on November 26 and 27, are suitable for adults and children aged 10 and over. The tour will explore the Armagh Observatory, a magnificent Georgian building, which was part of Archbishop Robinson’s grand vision for a university in Armagh and has a continuous history of astronomical research from its beginnings in 1790 to the present day. days.
Covering the period from 1790 to the late Victorian era, the tour will allow visitors to embark on a historic journey through the Observatory’s Georgian beginnings and learn about its contribution to both Armagh and the UK .
A guide will introduce visitors to the telescopes and other instruments that put the Armagh Observatory on the world map of astronomy and regale them with stories about its early directors. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the magnificent 10-inch Grubb Telescope, which was installed in 1885 and played a pivotal role in creating a fundamental astronomical catalog that is still used by scientists today.
The tour includes general admission to the Planetarium exhibit.
To book tickets for these events, visit: https://armaghobservatoryplanetarium.ticketsolve.com