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  • Friday 5th July 2019
  • 7:30pm
  • Cost: $25.00 per person
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Dark Sparklers - BOOKED OUT!

The show celebrates the vast starlor of NT Wardaman Aborigianl Elder, Yidumduma Bill Harney, and his groundbreaking work with Dr. Hugh Cairns in their 2003 publication of Dark Sparkers.  Ironically this show was conceived in the US by Yidumduma's student 28 years, Adelaide born Paul Taylor, in collaboration with Colorado University Astronomy Professor, Dr. John Stocke.  Presented for over 12 years at Colorado's Fiske Planetarium, this show has been endorsed and co-presented with both Yidumduma and Dr. Cairns.  You will hear the Wardaman Creation Story and Songs and how it links to the Songlines in the night sky with photo galleries of rock art, land, animals and video clips of Yidumduma, amassed by dedicated research over many years.  This will be the Australian premiere with Paul Taylor honoured to present with Adelaide Planetarium Lecturer Paul Curnow.  Aimed at an adult audience.

Bookings essential

 

 


  • Further dates TBA
  • 7:30pm
  • Cost: $10.00 per person
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Planetarium experience & Telescope viewing

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

 

 

 

Upcoming Courses

Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Thursday 11th July 2019         Friday 12th July 2019
  • 7:30pm - 9.30pm
  • Course Cost: $35 per person
  • Astronomy Educator:
    Paul Curnow

       Aboriginal Skies - BOOKED OUT!

Due to popular demand we are holding another session - Thursday 11th July 2019 - Bookings now open! (Friday 12th July 2019 - BOOKED OUT!)

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.

 

 

Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Further dates TBA
  • 7:30pm - 8.30pm
  • Course Cost: $15 per person
  • Astronomy Educator: Paul Curnow
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Beneath Australian Skies

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 genearl 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 fo rnearly 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.

 

 

Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Thursday eveings 1 August -     26 August 2019
  • 7:30pm - 10pm
  • Course Cost: $210 per person
  • Astronomy Educator: Martin Lewicki
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Stars and Planets - BOOKINGS OPENING SOON!

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

*Please note Thursday 5 September there will be no class due to another lecture being held at the Planetarium.

 

 

Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Thursday 17 October 2019
  • 7:30pm - 9.30pm
  • Course Cost: $35 per person recomended age 10+
  • Astronomy Educator: Martin Lewicki

All about Telescopes - BOOKINGS OPENING SOON!

So you want a telescope for astronomy?

This two hour couse will cover the basics you need to 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

 

 

 

 

Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Further dates TBC
  • 7:30pm - 9.30pm
  • Course Cost: $35 per person
  • Astronomy Educator: Paul Curnow & Martin Lewicki
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Constellations of the Zodiac

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.

 

 

  

Cosmos of Egypt
  • Further dates TBC
  • 7:30pm - 8.30pm
  • Course Cost: $25 per person
  • Astronomy Educator: Paul Curnow
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Cosmos of Ancient Egypt

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.

 

 

The Night Sky
  • Dates TBC - 2020
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Course Cost: $210 per person

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.

 

 

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.

 

 
 

 

 
 

Astronomy Educators

Martin Lewicki

Martin LewickiMartin is a memeber 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-ince 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

Paul CurnowPaul 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 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.

 

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Constellations of the Zodiac
  • Thursday 25th October 2018
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Course Cost: $35 per person
    recommended age 10+
  • Astronomy Educators:
    Martin Lewicki

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

 

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