Welcome to the Australian Indigenous Astronomy site!

The First Nations cultures of Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – speak over 250 distinct languages and stretch back for over 65,000 years. This makes the First Australians the oldest astronomers and the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the Sun, Moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, and predict weather. Our First Nations people assign meaning and agency to astronomical phenomena, which informs Law and social structure and serves as the foundation for narratives that are passed down the generations through song, dance, and oral tradition.

“Indigenous astronomy” is the first astronomy – the astronomy that existed long before the Babylonians, Greeks, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment. This website explores the many aspects of Indigenous Astronomy in Australia. Learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities perceive various types astronomical phenomena, how elders read the stars, or watch videos of animations, dances, and songs related to the stars. You can find educational curricula, information about degree programs, and learn about the generation of Aboriginal students studying astrophysics who are quickly becoming the new faces and voices of this work.

The site will constantly improve and grow. Take some time to explore!

Recent Media

Upcoming Events

Planetarium Show: Melbourne Planetarium. 31 May 2018

Public Talk: Swinburne University, Melbourne. 1 June 2018

Public Talk: Sam Merrifield Library, Melbourne. 18 July 2018

Public Talk:Reading the stars”, Brunswick Library, Melbourne. 28 May 2018

Planetarium Exhibition: Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane.

Public Talk: Ballarat Library, VIC. 31 May 2018

Credits

Design: Sean Williams
Curator: Dr Duane Hamacher
Logo: Rae Cooper