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The stars have fascinated humanity since the beginning of civilization, from using them to track the different seasons, to relying on them to navigate thousands of kilometres on the open ocean. Our ancestors looked up in wonder at the night sky, the stars their constant celestial companions, and yet, nothing has captured the attention of mankind in history the way Stellar Death has. From the earliest Supernova in recorded history to present day, the life and death of stars continue to intrigue us.
This November session focuses on the birth of stars, how they differ in life, and their colossal, spectacular death. After an intermission (supper provided) our astronomer will take you on an educational tour of the Constellations of the current night sky, followed by a 30-minute documentary presented on the planetarium dome.
*These sessions book out fast so get in quick*
The Man Who Changed the World.
Albert Einstein is unarguably the most famous scientist who gave us the most famous of equations - E=MC2
What is Relativity? How does Special Relativity and General Relativity differ? What is his Nobel Prize-winning Photoelectirc Effect?
This session aims to present the genius of Einstein into a manner which can be understood by all.
Join us as we journey thorugh his incredible life and understand for yourself why he singel-handedly shook the foundations of science and changed the world as we knew it.
*These sessions book out fast so get in quick* if you miss out please send us an email and we will look to run additional sessions as needed.
The Ningaloo Reef is Australia's 'great barrier reef' in the west, facing the Indian Ocean near Exmouth on the 'shoulder' of the vast Western Australian coastline. Here is a combination of marine sea floor history that starts some millions of years ago, culminating in the growth of the modern 200km-long Ningaloo Reef is only a 'young' reef system that commenced building about 8,000 years ago. This was at the end of the last Ice Age and around the time when the ancient civilisation of Egypt began developing on the other side of the world, leading up to the building of the Pyramids. Both events were the results of extreme climate change. Ian will explain how the reef began and grew on the backs of its ancestors - previous reefs before the Ice Age and 'fed' by the source of the costal limestone - the Cape Range with its caves and sinkholes.
Bio: Ian D Lewis works as a hydrogeologist for the SA Department of Environment and Water in its Groundwater Team who assess and research underground water resources across the state. He has been completing a PhD studying the vast limestone coastal regions of South Australia, in particular the South East and the Nullarbor Plain, the forces acting upon them and the cave and sinkhole systems that result from groundwater movement. Cape Range in Western Australia is another such region but where the setting and development of Ningaloo Reef has occurred in sub-tropical latitudes compared to the cool-water conditions of the Southern Ocean.
A full dome journey across Australia celebrating the depth and diversity of Indigenous dance and song from the traditional to the contemporary. An exhilarating and visceral film that tells the expansive story of Carriberrie: Indigenous Australian song and dance. Beginning with a stunning passage from the highly acclaimed Sydney Opera House performance, Bennelong, by Australia's premier Aboriginal dance theatre group Bangarra, actor and performer David Gulpilil welcomes us on a concentric, snake-like journey through time and space. We travel from traditional ceremonial dance and song, towards intrinsically contemporary and modern expressions. Intimate, immersive and breath-taking, this documentary film showcases a stunning range of Australian locations and performances from iconic ceremonial traditional dance in Uluru, through to food gathering dances in the rain forest, war songs on the most northern tip of Australia and funeral songs in Arnhem wetlands.
As part of this presentation renowned ethnoastronomer Paul Curnow will introduce you to the night skies of Aboriginal Australia. He will take you on a fascinating tour of the night sky and compare how constellations are used today by astronomers, and how the sky is seen differently by Indigenous Australians.
Be taken on an immersive guided tour of the solar system and the universe as our highly experienced educator takes you on a journey through space. Learn about the stars and constellations and what you could see outside on a clear night.
Telescope viewing on the lawn area - weather permitting
The two earliest civilisations to provide us with writing and recording were those in Mesopotamia and Egypt. It is through these writings that we have been able to gain insights, into the early minds of humankind, and how they believed the world and wider cosmos came into being. What was the Ancient Egyptian view of the cosmos and how the world came into existence? What do we know about Egyptian constellations? In this talk I will introduce you to some of the cosmogony of Ancient Egypt. In addition, I will look at the significance of the night sky and what we know about it from an Ancient Egyptian perpective.
*This course is aimed at the adult beginner
So you want a telescope for astronomy?
This two hour couse will cover the basics you need to know?
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 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'. * This course is aimed at the adult beginner - children under 16 not permitted.
Aboriginal Australians have been looking at the night sky for thousands of years. During this time they have been able to build up a complex knowledge of the stars and their movements. Come and learn how to find the different constellations (stellar patterns) as seen by indigenous groups throughout Australia. Hear about the Dreaming stories that relate to the night sky, and learn about how constellations like the Southern Cross and Orion are seen by Aboriginal Australians. The evening is strictly designed for the adult beginner, with little or no astronomical knowledge who would like to know more about the night sky and the constellations, as seen by the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia.
Join astronomer Paul Curnow for a 10-week introductory astronomy course at the Adelaide Planetarium.
Ever wondered how astronomers find their way around the night sky? Come and learn how to find the different constellations (patterns) in the sky and learn about the mythology related to them. Learn about the nine planets (including Pluto) in our solar system and some of the moons orbiting them. Discover the history behind astronomy and how early astronomers worked out the distances to stars, the magnitude of stars and more about the deep sky wonders of our galaxy.
Learn about purchasing your first telescope and the best places to view the night sky. This is one of the few courses in the world that has access to a planetarium as a teaching tool.
*This course is aimed at the adult beginner.
Discover where to find planets, how they move in the sky and the history behind their discovery. Find out the best way to observe the planets and the stars, as well as how to use binoculars and digital cameras to capture star scapes. Learn how to use star maps and identify constellations, why different stars only appear during certain seasons and much, much more!
Each week will cover a different topic:
*Please note Thursday 5 September there will be no class due to another lecture being held at the Planetarium.
In our sky, we have 88-constellations that are recognised by the overning body in astronomy the International Astronomical Union. In particular, the constellations of the zodiac have fascinated people for eons. Come to the Adelaide Planetarium and join astronomers Paul Curnow and Martin Lewicki to find out why. Hear about the mythology behind the contellations of the zodiac, learn about the names of the stars and learn more about the science behind the stars and constellations.
*This course is aimed at the adult beginner.
Have you ever wondered about the origins of the constellations in the night sky? Who first named them and where do they come from? Do all cultures see the sky the same way? In this six-week course on ‘ethnoastronomy’, you will learn about the stories and mythologies behind the constellations and how to identify some of them in the night sky. Moreover, this course will focus on how Aboriginal Australians; Ancient Egyptians, American Indians and others view the sky in addition to examining their cosmogonies, stories, legends and myths relating to their patterns in the sky. This is the only ethnoastronomy course in the world that uses a planetarium to teach you more about the world’s cultural astronomy.
Martin is a member of the Astonomical Society of South Australia (ASSA) and is the serving Light Pollution Offier and River Murray Dark Sky Reserve committee member. Martin began his interest in astronomy as a high school student in 1963 and joined the ASSA in 1989. In his time as ASSA he has delivered lectures at the society meetings, published in the society bulletin. His specialty is the workings of the celestial coordinate systems and how they are used for positional astronomy. He has given talks on astronomy as far away as in the Planetario de Bogota in Colombia. He also follows developments in astrophysics and optics. He still uses his home-made 6-inch reflecting telescope he made in 1974 to observe the night sky and uses his camera to capture starry skyscapes at night. Martin began lecturing sessions at the Planetarium in 2005 and presents most of the planetarium session to schools, clubs and community groups and runs a number of popular short courses at the Planetarium.
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 28-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. Moreover, in 2018, he served as a consultant on Indigenous Astronomy for the Australian Space Agency. 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 & the Universe’ course (EDUC2066); and in 2019 for ‘Science’ (EDUC 2030) for the School of Education at the University of South Australia. 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.