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It’s in the Stars: Stories from Indigenous and Western Astronomy

This event aims to deliver a community event in Ntaria (Hermannsburg). There will be hands on demonstrations to illustrate Indigenous and western astronomy, including talks, group activities and direct access to telescopes. The event has been timed to coincide with the full moon phase on 15 August.

When: Thursday, August 15 2019. 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM
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Where: Ntaria School
Kantawara Street, Hermannsburg, NT, 0872
Topic: Space and astronomy
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair access

Public event within the Ntaria community during Science Week. The theme of the event has been developed to tie in with the 2019 Science Week theme of ‘Destination Moon: More Missions, More Science’. This will be run by Ntaria Community School, in partnership with CSIRO scientists from Sydney and Melbourne.

Indigenous Australians are often credited as being the first astronomers. Their culture includes many practical ways of using the moon, sun, stars and planets to navigate, determine the time of year and predict weather.

This event aims to deliver a community event in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), a remote community in the NT that makes the science of astronomy fun and accessible to all ages, and is also culturally relevant. It will bring both Western and Indigenous perspectives of astronomy to the audience, hearing from community Elders, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists. There will be a number of hands on demonstrations to illustrate these concepts including talks, group activities and direct access to telescopes to observe the night sky.

The event has been timed to coincide with the full moon phase on 15 August.

Contact details:

Ivan Martinez
CSIRO
Email: ivan.martinez@csiro.au
Phone: 03 9545 8430
Mobile: 0432 698 920

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