6:00pm - 7:30pm
23rd April 2018
C1 Lecture Theatre
25 Exhibition Walk
MSA Indigenous Department present
Indigenous Astronomy: 65,000+ years of science
A talk by Dr Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli
Monday, 23rd April at 6pm
C1 lecture theatre, 25 Exhibition Walk
The subject of Indigenous astronomy has skyrocketed in recent years all around the globe. A constant stream of emerging research is changing what we think we know about Aboriginal knowledge systems in Australia and the number of Aboriginal students studying astrophysics is rapidly growing. This lecture will introduce you to one of these students, Kamilaroi woman and astrophysics student Krystal De Napoli, and the research she and Dr Duane Hamacher are conducting with other Aboriginal researchers on topics ranging from Moon haloes, Sun Dogs, and supernovae to the antiquity of deep time oral traditions based on astronomical and geological evidence – even the official naming of Aboriginal stars by the IAU. This talk will explore the many ways in which Indigenous Australians encoded scientific information in their knowledge systems and some of the ways in which they pass this knowledge to successive generations. It will be delivered jointly by Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli.
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