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Armagh Planetarium to mark 50th in style

Michael Burton of Armagh Planetarium and astrophysicist Dame
Jocelyn Bell-Burnell with local ‘astronauts’ Alanna Gray, Molly Monaghan, Jack Wilson and Ruben Finlay
Michael Burton of Armagh Planetarium and astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell with local ‘astronauts’ Alanna Gray, Molly Monaghan, Jack Wilson and Ruben Finlay

By Staff Reporter

Armagh Planetarium is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of events, starting with a gala celebration of music to unveil new exhibitions and branding.

The week will also include a 'women in science' event and free entry on Friday afternoon.

Planetarium director Michael Burton also hosted special guest Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, the highly-acclaimed astrophysicist credited with one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century.

As a postgraduate student, Dame Jocelyn discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. The discovery was recognised by the award of the Nobel Physics Prize.

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