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Our Place in Space

Divis & The Black Mountain, Divis Road, Hannahstown, Belfast, County Antrim, BT17 0NG
Our Place in Space

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When you look at Earth from outer space, our differences of opinion can seem just a little less important. Get a different view with Our Place in Space.

Centered around an epic scale model of the solar system designed by the artist Oliver Jeffers with scientist Professor Stephen Smartt and a creative team led by Nerve Centre, Our Place in Space is a three-dimensional sculpture trail, interactive AR app and exciting learning and events programme.

We’ve managed to shrink the solar system to fit into a 8.4km trail along Divis and the Black Mountain — a popular walking spot with panoramic views of Belfast and beyond, cared for by the National Trust. You can jog to Jupiter, visit Venus and sit by the Sun without ever leaving Earth. The sculpture trail will animate this spectacular landscape of blanket bog and boardwalks from 11 June to 10 July 2022. Expect out-of-this-world views over the city and on a clear day you may even see some parts of Scotland and England.

Other key events taking place throughout Belfast city over the course of the programme include screenings of cosmic classics such as Wall-E, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 2001: A Space Odyssey, among others. Oliver Jeffers himself introduces a family friendly screening of Apollo 11 - an amazing real life documentary that goes behind the scenes of NASA's historic 1969 moon landing.

Sit in on talks and discussions with Professor Lucie Green, Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, Academy Award nominated filmaker Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan). Mark the summer solstice by participating in solar gazing with the Irish Astronomical Association, get up close to some of the most extraordinary meteorites ever to have fallen to Earth in a meteorite exhibition at Ulster Museum, and join experienced physics communicator and busker, astrophysicist Dr Liz Conlon as she shares her extensive knowledge and passion about the Universe in a fun and illuminating way with Cosmic Dance Workshop.

Plus much, much more. Check out https://ourplaceinspace.earth/whats-on for the full programme of events.

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Season (11 June 2022 - 10 July 2022)
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Monday - Sunday09:00 - 19:00

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