Have you seen the Emu in the Sky?

Burrung Murruway | Sky Trails | Masarat Alsama


This year’s science hub program from Southern Tablelands Arts is all about astronomy. Sky Trails is a free community event that explores the intersection of science, culture and art through a series of panel lectures and practical star gazing evenings in Young, Goulburn and Picton.

The presenters for the science hub’s 2018 science hub program, Burrung Murruway | Sky Trails | Masarat Alsama includes Ms Kirsten Banks, Masters student in astrophysics at the University of NSW and Wiradjuri woman, Dr. Sam Bowker, Lecturer in Art History and Medieval Sciences Islamic scholar at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Khaled Sabsabi artist and Peter Swain artist and Wiradjuri man.

Come along and learn about the Dark Emu in the Sky, learn about ancient astronomical instruments were used to guide travellers as they traversed seas and continents and how the stars have influenced art and artists and continue to influence them in the present day.

The format of the evening lecture series will incorporate a relaxed atmosphere with scientists and artists speaking about scientific practice, cultural influences and creative practice. The presentations will cover western, Indigenous and Islamic approaches to astronomy. The artists will talk about their inspiration for using astronomy and cultural myths and traditions to develop artworks which draw on this knowledge.

This free event is open to the community and anyone with an interest in art and astronomy are invited to attend.  A free interactive activity at the event enables children and young people to make a glow lamp using recycled materials including glass jars, card and light creating patterns associated with the night sky and constellations in the southern hemisphere. 

Part of the program includes a presentation and workshop program at high schools in Young, Goulburn and Picton with the astronomer and an artist. We expect to be able to present some of the artworks generated by the young people during the morning workshops at this event as well which will be a special opportunity for parents and family to admire student works and to celebrate with their children who participated in the program.

We are delighted that the Macarthur Astronomical Society has agreed to bring their telescopes to the Sky Trails. There will also be an opportunity for participants at to explore the stars through the telescopes and wonder at the night Sky Trails events in Goulburn and Picton.  There are planets, constellations and much more to look at through these powerful telescopes. Astronomer Kirsten Banks will also lead a viewing to help people find the Dark Emu, a significant indigenous constellation.

Bring a picnic rug, your family and friends. Bring a picnic or help raise funds with the fund-raising BBQ that will be available in Young and Picton. 

Sky Trails Program

YOUNG: Monday, 10 September. Starts at 5pm at Young High School Hall, Campbell St, Young
Tuesday, 11 September. Starts at 5pm at Goulburn North Public School Hall, Union St, Goulburn (Parking off Chatsbury St).
PICTON: Thursday 13 September. Starts at 5pm at Picton Botanic Gardens, Regreme St, Picton.
For more information contact Caitlan on 4823 4407 or
[email protected]


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