[ASC-list] VIC events: Indigenous Astronomy and Exoplanets

Barnard, Kate KBarnard at museum.vic.gov.au
Tue Apr 24 08:45:57 UTC 2018

Hello ASC folk,

The Melbourne Planetarium is very excited to be hosting three astronomy experts as part of our Discover the Night Sky<https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/discover-the-night-sky/> series.  We’d love you to share with your networks!

·         3 and 10 May: Astrobiologist Professor Jonti Horner will be exploring Exoplanets and Life Elsewhere

·         17 and 31 May: Indigenous elder Uncle Larry Walsh and astronomer Dr Duane Hamacher will be presenting on Indigenous Astronomy

Stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting), and wine and cheese are included.

Details below and on the webpage<https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/discover-the-night-sky/> and FB event<https://www.facebook.com/events/180749952663905/>.

Please share with your networks!


3 & 10 May | Exoplanets and Life Elsewhere

7pm–10pm | with Professor Jonti Horner

Join astrobiologist Professor Jonti Horner to hear about the exciting search for exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) and life elsewhere in the universe.

In 2017, several exoplanets were discovered in the TRAPPIST -1 system, making headline news around the globe. It has been suggested that some of those planets may be in the ‘habitable zone’, leading to the possibility of life. Delve into how exoplanets are discovered, what makes them important, and the history of life elsewhere. Find out what factors come together to make a given planet more (or less) suitable for life. And learn why the TRAPPIST-1 planets might not be the best place to look for life beyond the Earth!

Professor Jonti Horner is the Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland, where he is a key member of the MINERVA-Australis project team. MINERVA-Australis will be a dedicated exoplanet survey tool, looking for Earth-like planets around the nearest, brightest stars.

17 & 31 May | Indigenous Astronomy

7pm–10pm | with Uncle Larry Walsh and Dr Duane Hamacher

Indigenous Australians are some of the earliest astronomers and have been sharing stories written in the stars for many thousands of years. Join Indigenous elder Uncle Larry Walsh and Dr Duane Hamacher to explore ancient knowledge of our night skies.

Uncle Larry Walsh is a local Aboriginal cultural leader and storyteller. Inspired by his local Aboriginal community, plus his own Kulin ancestral blood connections to his country, Uncle is one of the only senior Elders in Melbourne who focuses specifically on storytelling, ensuring the cultural continuity of his ancient oral traditions. He wishes to display that Aboriginal people live as much in the modern world as intimately as they are connected to their past.

Dr Duane Hamacher is an astronomer and Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre in Melbourne and an Adjunct Fellow in the Astrophysics Group at the University of Southern Queensland. His research focuses on Indigenous astronomical and geological knowledge and traditions in Australia, Oceania, and Southeast Asia.

Kate Barnard
Science Programs Manager, Education and Community Programs
Museums Victoria
GPO Box 666 Melbourne VIC 3001 Australia
+61 3 9392 4830
kbarnard at museum.vic.gov.au<mailto:kbarnard at museum.vic.gov.au>


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