Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Shark in the Stars: Astronomy and Culture in the Torres Strait

Originally published in The Conversation10 July 2013, 6.36 am EST

Tagai by Glen Mackie
Technology has, without doubt, expanded our understanding of space. The Voyager 1 space probe is on the brink of leaving our solar system. Massive telescopes have discovered blasts of fast radio bursts from 10 billion light years away. And after a decade on Mars, a Rover recently found evidence for an early ocean on the Red Planet.
But with every new advance, it’s also important to remember the science of astronomy has existed for thousands of years and forms a vital part of Indigenous Australian culture, even today. As an example, lets explore the astronomy of the Torres Strait Islanders, an Indigenous Australian people living between the tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea.

1 comment:

  1. Astronomy is a fascinating concept that people of all ages can enjoy being a part of. Having the right equipment for astronomy is very important because it will affect what you are able to see.

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