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Budding Astronomers

It was a great day out for budding astronomers at St Mary’s University College last week when the College hosted the Armagh Planetarium’s educational roadshow event, Planet Aliens.


Budding Astronomers photograph


Over 1,000 pupils from years P1 to P7 visited the College to discover the wonderful world of aliens from other planets. The pupils were from many local schools: Malvern PS, Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin, Donegal Road PS, Cregagh PS, St Clare’s PS, Wheatfield PS, Springhill PS, St Luke’s PS, Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain, Sacred Heart PS, Scoil na Fuiseoige, St Mary’s Divis PS, St Paul’s Mica Drive, Holy Cross Girls’ PS, Gaelscoil na bhFál, St Coleman’s PS and St Kevin’s PS.


This event, the first of its kind, had the Armagh Planetarium staff travelling to visit pupils who attend schools at some distance from Armagh, bringing the benefits of a planetarium-like experience to a more convenient venue. Planetarium director, Dr Tom Mason, is delighted the show is on the road:

"It is a fantastic opportunity to educate and inspire children to become interested in space and science whilst having fun at the same time. The tour also enables us to reach schools that would not get the chance to visit our facility in Armagh."


Budding Astronomers photograph


Over three fun-filled days of music, song, props and puppeteers, the pupils engaged with performers. They joined in songs and met new friends Betelguese, Rigel and Mintaka—aliens who live out on the Orion Nebula—and they experienced an exciting and unique glimpse into the amazing stars of our cosmos!


The College was delighted to welcome the pupils, who were a credit to their schools.


Budding Astronomers photograph