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Listen to talks about the night sky at the planetarium
The night sky holds such fascination for so many people around the world. It is full of new and exciting stars and patterns. The term night sky actually refers to astronomy from Earth and this is exactly what this event is all about!
This will be astronomy classes which will be presented live in the dome! You will learn about astronomy and hear about some of the most essential and elementary questions of our existence. This interesting talk and view will be held at the Planetarium.
You will hear stories about the stars in our universe, and up and coming research in indigenous astronomy. Indigenous Australians are some of the very first astronomers, and have for many thousands of years, been sharing stories that are written in these stars. Astronomy was used by these indigenous Australians to invent their calendars and plot the land. They worked in groups of tribes and hunted and lived to an annual cycle. This, in turn, helped to find food no matter where they were.
This class will be taken by Dr Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli and you will look into the ancient knowledge of our night skies.
At the conclusion of this talk, you will have the opportunity to meet with the astronomers, as well as socialise with others. Included in the price, you will all receive a complimentary glass of wine and cheese. While sipping on your wine, you can continue the conversation about our enchanting skies and the fascinating stories about them!
Provided the weather is okay at the end of the evening, you will be able to stargaze through the telescopes on the Scienceworks arena.
This special event will be on two nights, Wednesday 7th and Wednesday 14th November 2018. It will be held at the Planetarium Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, from 7.00 pm until 10.00 pm.
The event is for adults only (18 plus years) and will begin at 7.30 pm sharp.
The program is as follows: 7.00 pm - Doors open
7.30 pm - Session 1 in the planetarium: presentation by an indigenous elder, to be announced
8.00 pm - a 30 minute break, when you will be served wine and cheese
8.30 pm - Session 2 in the planetarium: presentation by Dr Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli
9.00 pm - Visitors leave the planetarium and mix with the speakers. The drink service continues, and weather permitting, there will be telescope viewing on the Arena
10.00 pm - event ends
Cost is between $40 and $45, and you can get your tickets by clicking here.
About the Speakers
Dr Duane Hamacher is an astronomer and senior research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre in Melbourne. He does research on indigenous astronomical and geological knowledge and traditions in Australia, Oceania, and Southeast Asia.
Krystal De Napoli is a Kamilaroi woman, who is currently doing an undergraduate degree in astrophysics at Monash University. She is also working with Dr Duane Hamacher and indigenous elders, doing research into indigenous astronomical traditions.