Cultural astronomy with Peter Swanton

Cultural astronomy with Peter Swanton

Date & time: 2pm 16 October 2021, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Online via Zoom.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have read skies for over 65,000 years, making them some of the world’s first astronomers.

This ancient science has been passed down from generation to generation, woven into Dreamtime stories.

Join us with Peter Swanton to learn about Australia's rich and extensive history of astronomy, and how connected we are to the world's first astronomers from eons ago.

Peter Swanton is a Gamilaraay man from Mackay, QLD. Peter graduated from The Australian National University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics, specialising in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Peter's work in astronomy initially began with research around black holes and cosmology, but he has since shifted his focus to cultural astronomy and dark sky preservation.

Peter's work will highlight the scientific importance of Indigenous star knowledges, and what we need to do in order to preserve these knowledges on Country, as well as in the night sky.

Suitable ages: 6-12+.

But if you're older and interested, join anyway!

Timezone: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne

Format: Completely online via Zoom.

Contact

Manik Mahajan

Email: manik.mahajan@anu.edu.au