CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, in association with St Peter’s Cork and Nano Nagle Place are hosting an exciting programme of free events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Moon Landing. With a range of activities and attractions across two iconic city centre locations, this event is sure to offer something for everyone.
Planetariums at St Peters, and Nano Nagle Place will represent the Earth and Moon respectively, allowing you to go on your very own “Moon Walk” through the city. With each small step, you’ll take a giant leap, as we scale down the epic Apollo 11 mission to fit within the heart of Cork City. Important milestones in the mission will be represented by iconic Cork landmarks, giving you a feel for the scale of the historic undertaking.
Start your journey at St Peter’s, and experience the Earthbound element of the mission. What’s involved in lifting off from planet Earth? How do rockets work? What were the challenges faced by the Apollo 11 mission staff? We’ll answer these questions and more, as well as giving a planetarium show detailing the night sky for the month of July. For younger visitors, family-friendly workshops will let you build your own straw rockets and rocket mice.
As you traverse across the city to Nano Nagle Place, you’ll encounter landmarks that represent important milestones on the famous mission. When did they leave Earth orbit? How long did it take to reach the Moon? Did they land where they’d intended? Join us to find out.
On reaching Nano Nagle Place, everything takes on a Lunar perspective. Join the special planetarium show to learn more about the Moon and the Apollo 11 mission. Where did they land? How long were they there? Is the “Man on the Moon” a real thing? We’ll answer all these questions and more, as well as engaging in some lunar themed workshops, including the opportunity to create your very own lino print of The Moon!
In addition to the Moon Walk, there will be a number of other events marking the Apollo 11 Anniversary.
- Friday 19th July – “A Brief History of [Cork] Time“, with Dr Peter Hession (6.30 pm at Nano Nagle Place)
- Friday 19th July – “Cosmic Walk”, with Sr Emma (5 pm at Nano Nagle Place)
- Friday 19th July – “Interview with Space Artist, Shane Sutton”, Dr Niamh Shaw will interview artist Shane Sutton at his mural on Cornmarket St. (Time TBA). The mural was commissioned by BCO under Cork City Council’s Placemaking Fund. It is a collaboration between BCO, CCC and The Walls Project.
- Saturday 20th July – “Survivor on The Moon Workshop” for children, with Annalea Beattie (11 am – 1pm at Crawford Art Gallery) Book here.
- Friday 28 June – Monday 5 August – “A Visit to The Moon with Dowtcha Puppets” Crawford Art Gallery as part of the Seen and Heard Playspace Program.
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