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Astronomy in Ancient Egypt

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST)

Astronomy in Ancient Egypt

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Fred Watson Presents - ADULT 12/07/2017 $22.00 $0.00 $2.20
Fred Watson Presents - CHILD 12/07/2017 $15.00 $0.00 $1.50
Early Bird - Fred Watson Presents 12/07/2017 $15.00 $1.37 $1.64

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Welcome to Fred Watson 'Presents ...' 

Join Fred Watson at the St Ives Wildflower Garden, in a beautiful bush setting. Catch up with friends, have a chat and a glass of wine and some nibbles, before the public talk.


Astronomy in Ancient Egypt


Traditionally, the importance of astronomy in ancient Egypt has been overlooked, particularly in comparison to Egypt’s neighbours, the Mesopotamians or the later Greeks. This talk will highlight the presence of astronomy within the ancient Egyptian culture, covering topics such as the evidence of observational astronomy, astronomical building alignments, astronomy for the use of calendars, and the interconnection between astronomy and religion.


About Brenan Dew
Brenan has been an astronomy educator at Sydney Observatory since 2014. He received a Bachelor of Ancient History with Honours in 2012, followed by a Bachelor of Science majoring in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2014. Brenan has since completed a Masters of Research in Egyptology in 2015, and is now embarking on a PhD combining both of his interests, exploring the Egyptian cosmographic landscape. Brenan is a part of the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project which is currently undertaking an archaeological excavation near Luxor, Egypt. Most recently, Brenan accompanied a group of high school students on a two-week Space Academy training course at the United States Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville Alabama.
About Fred Watson

FRED WATSON is an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he is also Head of Lighting and Environment. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault. 

There are no restaurant or cafe facilities on site. We recommend Terrey Hills Tavern for dinner before or after the talk.


Q: Where is the talk held? 

A: It is taking place at the Bushland Education Centre - St Ives. (420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives, enter via Richmond Lane). When you enter the grounds turn right and you'll see the sandstone building. 


Q: What is the nearest rail station? 

A: Gordon. This is about a 10min drive from the centre. 


Q: If I cancel, can I get a refund? 

A: Yes, but you will need to give us 2 days notice.


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St Ives Wildflower Garden
420 Mona Vale Road
Enter via Richmond Lane
St Ives, NSW 2075

Thursday, 13 July 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST)

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