Social Events in the INAM

3rd September 2019, 19:00 - Welcome Reception (Observatory) Book Now

4th September 2019, 19:00 - Public Talk “Mysteries of black holes and the big bang – the most powerful events in the universe” by  Professor Garret Cotter, University of Oxford (for details see below) and Premier of our new dome show, "Unseen Universe". Book Now*

(* Please use promotion code "INAM2019" for free ticket.)

5th September 2019, 19:00 - Conference Dinner (Planetarium)

6th September 2019, 14:20 - Armagh City Tour (Max 20 people, for details see below) Book Now

Public Talk

“Mysteries of black holes and the big bang – the most powerful events in the universe”

Professor Garret Cotter, University of Oxford.

The most powerful events that occur in nature cover a vast range of cosmic scales: from pulsars that are a few kilometres across, to merging black holes emitting gravitational waves, through quasars and blazars that can be millions of light years in size, all the way up to the energy stored in the vacuum of space itself, that propels the expansion of the universe. All of these phenomena present astronomers with great mysteries. Our investigations tell us parts of the story of the Universe itself, and about our place in it (along with providing an impetus to develop many new technologies that have great value in everyday life). I will give a brief tour of some of the highlights of recent research, with particular focus on some topics where Irish astronomers have played leading roles.

Professor Garret Cotter is an astronomer at the University of Oxford. With family roots near Birr, he was inspired by the Rosse Telescope from a very young age and then, growing up in Kilkeel, he had his first experience of professional astronomy doing work experience at Armagh Observatory in the 1980’s. He studied for a Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Cambridge and held postdoctoral positions at the Royal Greenwich observatory and the Cavendish Laboratory before taking up a lectureship at Oxford where he is now a Fellow of Exeter College.

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Armagh City Tour Programme

2:20 pm – Meet outside the Market Place Theatre at 2.20 pm, Walk to the Armagh Robinson Library via the Cathedral Gardens

2:30 pm – Arrive Armagh Robinson Library – visit will last 20 minutes

2:50 pm – Depart Armagh Robinson Library and walk down Abbey Street, stop at “The Celestial Sphere” public art sculpture, then proceed down College Hill to The Mall,

4:00 pm – Tour will finish at the “Turning Point” public art sculpture

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Explore Armagh

For general information about Armagh and surrounding areas (attraction points, food&drink, pubs&bars, museums, history and many different event details) please visit Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council tourism web page:

One of the recommended events by the Council is Macha. This evening event will be held in the ancient Navan Fort at the outskirts of the Armagh on the 6th of September. Please visit this link for details.