Beneath Australian Skies

Ever wondered what you're looking at when you look up at the night sky? Have you ever wanted someone to take you on a general tour of what we can see beneath Australian skies? Do all cultures see the sky the same, or are there differences? Australia has some of the darkest skies in the world - that are well suited for those who like to ponder as they gaze skyward. The celestial ballet of stars above is rich in story, myth and science. Come on a general tour of the night sky with popular astronomers Paul Curnow & Jeff Orr. This session will also feature the full dome movie entitled 'Capturing the Cosmos' and will be followed by a coffee & tea break.


Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential. This event is for members only.




Paul Curnow [B.ED] is the Vice President of the Astronomical Society of South Australia (member since 1991) and a former council member of the Field Geology Club of South Australia. He has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992 and was the recipient of the ASSA editor’s award for 2000; 2010; and then again in 2013. In 2002, he served as a southern sky specialist for visiting U.S. and British astronomers who were in Australia for the total solar eclipse. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian Aboriginal night sky knowledge; and in 2004, he worked in conjunction with the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center Planetarium in Ohio, on the creation of a show that features Indigenous Australian stories of the night sky. In addition, Paul runs a number of popular courses for the general public that focus on the constellations, planetary astronomy, historical astronomy and ethnoastronomy, which primarily deals with how the night sky is seen by non-western cultures. He appeared as the keynote speaker at the inaugural 2010 Lake Tyrrell Star Party in Sea Lake, Victoria and in 2011 was a special guest speaker at the Carter Observatory in Wellington, New Zealand. Since 2012 Paul has taken the role of Lecturer for the Astronomy & Universe course (EDUC2066) for the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Paul appears regularly in the media and has authored over 50 articles on astronomy.

Jeff Orr is an active member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia. He regularly volunteers his time at Stockport Observatory in addition to many other community groups. He is also a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium and regularly conducts sessions for schools, clubs, and other organisations. Moreover, he has been heavily involved in courses and other activities run at the Adelaide Planetarium at the University of South Australia. He was drawn to astronomy by the sheer beauty of the night sky and the enormous scale of the known universe. In particular he has a great passion for observing deep sky objects. Jeff is now retired and enjoys being able to pursue and share his passion for astronomy.

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Saturday 12 Aug 2017

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Adelaide Planetarium Building P, Mawson Lakes Campus, University of South Australia



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