What role did astronomer Sir Thomas Brisbane, sixth governor of the colony of New South Wales, play in the destruction of 65,000 years of Wiradjuri astronomical knowledge? This essay, by Merrill Findlay, answers this question. … Read More My Seven Sisters Dreaming
Introducing our first Skywriters Anthology featuring the poetry and prose of fifty Skywriters from around Australia.… Read More At last, our Skywriters Anthology!
Big Skies Collaborator, novelist and documentary maker Tracy Sorensen reflects on her visits to the Birmingham Solar-Oscillations Network (BiSON) observatories in near Carnarvon and Narrabri and attempts to understand the science of Earth’s Sun.… Read More Staring at the sun
By Tennille Dunn, Founder and coordinator of Condo SkyFest. Talk presented at the first Inland Astro-Trail Symposium in Parkes, NSW, 6 February 2019. Good Afternoon everyone. I’d just like to do an Acknowledgement to Country before I start. I have been given permission of a young Wiradjuri Woman from Gilgandra named Buddy Knight to share… Read More Condo SkyFest: Aboriginality, resilience and cultural continuity
The Big Skies Collaboration brings together arts practitioners, astronomers, and local communities within southeastern Australia’s 700 Kilometre Array of astronomical observatories. Our current creative interventions include the Inland Astro Trail, the Skywriters Project, the Wiradjuri Astronomy Project, and the Wiradjuri Skywriters Pilot Project. I discuss these Big Skies creative interventions and invite NACAA members to be involved.… Read More Big Skies Collaboration @ National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers (NACAA) 2018
Introducing the work of Big Skies Collaborator David Clarkson and his Stalker Theatre Company, and our plans for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Mission.… Read More Doing the Arts/Science/Techno thing in Inland NSW
Big Skies Collaborator Merrill Findlay reflects on her visit to the old Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station in her blazing red research mobile, Scarlet O’Barbara.… Read More Scarlet does Honeysuckle Creek
You’ve heard about the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Compact Array, and various Pulsar Timing Arrays, right? But what about the 700 Kilometre Array (700KA), and Australia’s new Astronomy Trail? … Read More Introducing the 700 Km Array
While the town of Parkes was celebrating ‘the greatest star in the world’ with their annual Elvis Festival, others were more interested in real stars, especially millisecond pulsars, at the Parkes Observatory. Why?… Read More Cosmic Conjunctions @ Parkes
Cultural astronomer and Big Skies Collaborator Trevor Leaman camped with friends near Mount Mulguthrie over New Year 2016 to research the site’s astronomical significance for Wiradjuri people. All he needed was a clear night sky … It was not to be. But this remarkable little mountain nevertheless revealed other secrets … … Read More Could Mount Mulguthrie be a Wiradjuri astronomical site?