Beneath Australian Skies

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Ever wondered what you’re looking at when you look up at the night sky? Have you ever wanted someone to take you on a general tour of what we can see beneath Australian skies? Do all cultures see the sky the same, or are there differences? Australia has some of the darkest skies in the world – that are well suited for those who like to ponder as they gaze skyward. The celestial ballet of stars above is rich in story, myth and science. Come on a general tour of the night sky with popular astronomer Paul Curnow – who has been taking audiences on cosmic journeys at the Adelaide Planetarium for nearly 30-years! This session will also feature the full dome movie entitled ‘Hot and Energetic Universe’, and is aimed at an ‘adult’ audience only (children under 16 not permitted).

Bio: Paul Curnow [B.ED] has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992. He was the recipient of the ASSA editor’s award for 2000; 2010; and then again in 2013. In 2002, he served as a southern sky specialist for visiting U.S. and British astronomers who were in Australia for the total solar eclipse. After 27-years of research, he is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian Aboriginal night sky knowledge; and in 2004, he worked in conjunction with the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center Planetarium in Ohio, on the creation of a show that features Indigenous Australian stories of the night sky. In addition, Paul runs a number of popular courses for the general public that focus on the constellations, planetary astronomy, historical astronomy and ethnoastronomy, which primarily deals with how the night sky is seen by non-western cultures. He appeared as the keynote speaker at the inaugural 2010 Lake Tyrrell Star Party in Sea Lake, Victoria and in 2011 was a special guest speaker at the Carter Observatory in Wellington, New Zealand. Since 2012 Paul has taken the role of Lecturer for the Astronomy & Universe course (EDUC2066) for the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Moreover, in 2018, he served as a consultant on Indigenous Astronomy for the Australian Space Agency. Also in 2018, he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia for his contributions to astronomy. Paul appears regularly in the media and has authored over 50 articles on astronomy.

To be held at the Adelaide Planetarium, Level 2, Building P, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus. University Boulevard, Mawson Lakes SA 5095. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Cost $15.00 per person. Enrolments are subject to the seating capacity of the planetarium, BOOK ONLINE If you require further information contact the planetarium on 8302 3138 or email the planetarium at

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