Events and courses

The Adelaide Planetarium presents the sixth of the Michael O'Leary Memorial Lectures....

Cosmos of Ancient Egypt - BOOKED OUT!

Date: Friday 17th November 2017 at 7.30pm

Cost: $10 per person

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 perspective.

Bookings essential


Cassini's Last Hurrah - the Grand Finale at Saturn - BOOKED OUT!

Date: Thursday 7th December 2017 at 7.30pm

Cost: $27.50 per person

If there was ever a space project that totally exceeded the expectations of the scientific world, it has been the Cassini mission to Saturn.  Launched in 1997, Cassini reached its target after a seven-year journey, and immediately began re-writing the textbooks.  Now, 13 years later, we have a remarkable catalogue of amazing discoveries.  Storms and a hexagonal jet-stream in the planet's atmosphere, ripples and spokes in its rings, global oceans and oily seas on its moons - and they are just the start.  But the best may be yet to come.  With the spacecraft's fuel running out, mission controllers threw caution ot the wind in an audacious series of orbits that threaded Cassini between the rings and the planet before it's final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere.  Celebrate this triumphant mission with Fred Watson, as he presents an entertaining update on all things Cassini.

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Upcoming Courses

Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Further dates TBC
  • 7:30pm - 9.30pm
  • Course Cost: $30 per person
  • Astronomy Educator:
    Paul Curnow

 

 

       Aboriginal Skies

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.

 

 

Stars and Planets
  • Further dates TBC
  • 7:30pm - 9.30pm
  • Course Cost: $200 per person
  • Astronomy Educator:
    Paul Curnow
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Ancient Skies

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.




 

 

 

Stars and Planets
  • Thursdays 7th September - 26th October 2017
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Course Cost: $210 per person
  • Astronomy Educator:
    Martin Lewicki
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Stars and Planets Course

Join our main astronomy educator Martin Lewicki at the Adelaide Planetarium for a fascinating journey through the stars and planets. 

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.

Week 1: Introduction to Astronomy  
Week 2: Discover the Planets  
Week 3: Tour of the Solar System  
Week 4: Mapping the Sky  
Week 5: Discover the Stars  
Week 6: Backyard Astronomy 
Week 7: The Great Telescopes 
Week 8: The Universe and Beyond 

 

"My son, Keane, has always had a fascination with astrology, so when I saw the seminars come up at the Planetarium I jumped at the opportunity to send him along. He attended all sessions loving every minute; in fact it was the highlight of his week. He came home after every session super excited to tell me all he had learned and all he was going to learn in the coming weeks.

All the staff have been encouraging and are extremely knowledgeable, particularly Martin, with the facilities second to none. I highly recommend these sessions to anyone that is interested in Astronomy both teenagers and adults alike."

Rebecca Graeber

 

 
 
Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Further dates TBC
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Course Cost: $35 per person
    recommended age 10+
  • Astronomy Educators:
    Martin Lewicki
  • CLICK HERE TO BOOK!

All about Telescopes

Astronomy Educator: Martin Lewicki

So you want a telescope for astronomy?

This two hour course will cover the basics you need know:

  • brief history of astronomical telescopes
  • how the different kinds of telescopes work
  • where to find objects in the sky
  • what you can see with different types of telescopes
  • what to look for when buying a telescope
  • how to use it correctly
  • and where to get more information

 

 
Astronomy for Kids
  • Further dates TBC
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Course Cost: $20 per child
    recommended age 7 - 11 years
  • Astronomy Educator:
    Martin Lewicki

Astronomy for kids

This is an introductory course tailored to kids which is fun and educational!

This course includes the following:

  • Explore the stars in our night sky and their stories

  • Learn how the Sun and Moon move in the sky and how they affect us

  • Understand why the planets are so different from each other

  • Learn what stars really are and about some of the very strange ones

  • Explore these wonders using the Planetarium and hands on models

*parent supervision is required


 
Constellations of the Zodiac
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  • Course duration - 2hrs
  • Course Cost: $30 per person
  • Astronomy Educator:
    Paul Curnow

Aboriginal Skies

*In 2017 private bookings can be arranged for this 2hr course. Min. number 30ppl. Please call the office to discuss.

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.

 

 
 
Cosmos of Egypt

  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Course Cost: $30 per person
  • Astronomy Educator: Paul Curnow
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Cosmos of Ancient Egypt

*In 2017 private bookings can be arranged for this 2hr course. Min. number 30ppl. Please call the office to discuss.

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 believe 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 Paul will examine some of the different cosmogonies from around Ancient Egypt and their views of creation. In addition, you will be shown the significance of the night sky and what we know about it from an Ancient Egyptian perspective. The evening is 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 in Ancient Egypt.

 

 
New Zealand Skies
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  • Course Cost: $30 per person
  • 7.30pm - 9.30pm
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Night Skies of New Zealand

*In 2017 private bookings can be arranged for this 2hr course. Min. number 30ppl. Please call the office to discuss.

Come and spend an evening at the Adelaide Planetarium with popular Astronomy Lecturer Paul Curnow and learn about the night skies of New Zealand. New Zealand (Aotearoa in Mãori) is a country that lies some 1,500km east of Australia. It was first reached by Homo sapiens some 800+ years ago. The Mãori People settled in this land and found giant creatures such as the Moa, and Haast's Eagle; enormous volcanoes and lakes of mud and steam. The Mâori were part of the great Polynesian cultural colonisations that took place around the Pacific. Moreover, they had used stellar navigation in order to be able to navigate the world's greatest ocean. In this talk, I will introduce New Zealand and discuss how the Mãori see the night sky; how they believe the cosmos came into being, their mythology and their names for stars and constellations. In addition, I will talk about a more recent addition to New Zealand's astronomical history 'Stonehenge Aotearoa'. 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 of New Zealand (Aotearoa).


 
The Night Sky
  • Tuesdays 16th January - 20th March 2018
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Course Cost: $210 per person
  • CLICK HERE TO BOOK

The Night Sky

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.


 

Astronomy Educators

Martin Lewicki

Martin LewickiMartin is the Adelaide Planetarium’s resident lecturer and runs the Night Sky public sessions on Saturday. He is a member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia and has served on the society’s council. He also leads the Dark Sky special interest group and represents the society as their Light Pollution Officer.

With his relaxed teaching style and wealth of knowledge his courses have become increasingly popular.

 

 


Paul Curnow

Paul CurnowPaul Curnow [B.ED], is the Vice President of the Astronomical Society of South Australia (member since 1991) and a former council member of the Field Geology Club of South Australia. He has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992 and 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. 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. Paul appears regularly in the media and has authored over 50 articles on astronomy.

 

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