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16th May 2020

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium launches app that lets you explore the moon up close

Trine Jensen-Burke

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

How cool is this?

If you got a little space-obsessed mini astronaut on your hands, parents, we’ve got some news that is going to keep them enthralled for hours.

Earlier this week, the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium launched a new innovative app which allows budding astronomers to investigate craters up close, discover Apollo landing sits and explore the lunar surface – all through AR at home. The app also includes fascinating facts and educational resources.

The easy to use app allows you to bring the Moon Globe into your home and move around it to explore the whole surface, even hold the moon in your hands!

The app is available to download on both iOS and Android, with an instruction video available through the Armagh Observatory Planetarium Facebook page and YouTube.

In addition, the Science at Home series is continuing to wow young scientists at home with fun, astonishing and safe science experiments to try during the lockdown. For a full programme of events once the centre has re-opened visit

This quick explainer video shows how to bring the Moon Globe to life:

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium are also running a competition on for the most creative ‘Moon in the Home’ image captured this week.