Talk - Aboriginal Astronomy
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)
Let Ray Norris introduce you to Aboriginal astronomy. How did Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use the sun, moon and stars for practical and social purposes? Working closely with Indigenous elders and communities, Ray’s rigorous research explores how astronomical knowledge and traditions have developed and how the stars influence the culture, heritage, and spirituality of Indigenous Australians.
Ray Norris is an astrophysicist at the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility. Born in England, he obtained an MA in theoretical physics at Cambridge, followed by a PhD and postdoc in radioastronomy at Manchester, while also studying the astronomy of ancient standing stones. In 1983, Ray and his family moved to Australia where he joined CSIRO, and now researches the formation and evolution of the first galaxies in the Universe, and also the astronomy of Aboriginal Australians. He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie University Dept. of Indigenous Studies (Warawara) in 2008.
Please print this ticket and bring it with you to the College Street entrance of the Australian Museum.
This ticket includes General Admission and a light morning tea which will be served at 11.00am in the Hallstrom Theatrette. This Theatrette is located on the ground floor next to the Museum shop.
The talk will begin promptly at 11.30am.
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