Millions of stars in the region known in the West as the Milky Way near Scorpius and Sagittarius

Astronomy: Australian Indigenous Astronomy

Duration: 45 minutes
Only until December 2019 Sydney Observatory Book Tickets
Experience Australia’s First Nations peoples’ deep understanding of the night sky in this hands-on workshop by making, using and taking home an Indigenous planisphere (rotating star map).  Use it to explore the sky and marvel at the oldest astronomical understanding on the planet. Learn how the stars are used as seasonal markers to predict the availability of food including tasty bittur.
We gratefully use sky lore shared by the Boorong community of the Wergaia Nation from what is now known as north western Victoria.

Option 1. As a stand alone program (45min). Learners make, use and take home a Boorong star wheel. They also visit the digital planetarium to explore Warring (the Milky Way) and look for the emu in the sky.  Please note this option does not include telescope viewing.

Option 2. When added to an existing astronomy program (45min PLUS 90 minutes of astronomy with a 15 minute break). Learners make, learn to use and test their understanding of Indigenous sky lore with a Boorong community planisphere supplied with an additional inner western star map to take home. The planetarium and telescope dome components of the astronomy program are modified to include additional Indigenous astronomy.
Sessions are available every day however the 5pm session can only be booked when added to a 6:30pm astronomy program during non-Daylight Saving (April to September).

Tickets

TypeNamePriceComment
Learner$1045 minute program
Session$180 minimum
SupervisorFree

Minimum program cost $180

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NSW Incorporating Australian Curriculum

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SC4-12ESdescribes the dynamic nature of models, theories and laws in developing scientific understanding of the Earth and solar system
SC4-4WSidentifies questions and problems that can be tested or researched and makes predictions based on scientific knowledge
SC4-5WScollaboratively and individually produces a plan to investigate questions and problems
SC5-12ESdescribes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community
SC5-1VAappreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them
SCIENCE K–10 - EARTH AND SPACE
ST2-1VAshows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities
ST2-2VAdemonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures
ST2-9ESdescribes how relationships between the sun and the Earth cause regular changes
ST3-1VAshows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities
ST3-2VAdemonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures
ST3-8ESdescribes how discoveries by people from different cultures and times have contributed to advancing scientific understanding of the solar system
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