John South: Skyworld Closing Weekend Events

SATURDAY 18 AUGUST
FREE EVENTS ALL DAY 

ABORIGINAL ASTRONOMY SEMINAR
11AM – 12.30PM
Let Kirsten Banks and Ghillar Michael Anderson take you on a journey of the night sky from the perspective of Indigenous Australian Astronomers. Kirsten is a proud Wiradjuri woman and Indigenous educator at Sydney Observatory with a passion for science communication. Ghillar is a Senior Euahalayi Law man and elder who has authored many research papers and holds a deep knowledge of Aboriginal astronomy. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

FILM SCREENING: WE DON’T NEED A MAP
1PM
Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this thought-provoking look at Australia’s cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation’s astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. For Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. By contrast, the star-adorned Eureka Flag was emblematic of protest and defiance, a quality that caused it to be adopted by activists, and lately, the darker side of Australian nationalism. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

STARGAZING AND PLANETARIUM
THIS EVENT IS BOOKED OUT.
6PM – 8PM
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre welcomes back Penrith Observatory for a second stargazing evening to mark the closing weekend of John South: Skyworld. Darug man Chris Tobin will perform a smoking ceremony on the viewing platform, where astronomers will then offer us a telescopic window into the night sky.

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW