Ancient Skies (Hurry last bookings – commences next Tuesday!)

Tuesdays 17th of January – 21st February 2017

from 7:30-9:30pm

Adelaide Planetarium
2nd Floor, Building P,

Mawson Lakes Campus
University of South Australia

Paul Curnow

Adelaide Planetarium

University of South Australia

Abstract: 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.

Bio: Paul 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.


*LIMITED PLACES – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL* Cost $200.00 per person – to make an online booking visit: or for further information phone 8302 3138 or email the planetarium at




The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

Space Policy for the Earth’s Benefit

 Thursday 19th of January 2017 at 6pm
MC1-02 Lecture Theatre,

Mawson Centre,

Mawson Lakes

Space exploration drives the imagination of people young and old, but it is also an important tool for promoting international cooperation, economic development and world peace. Our panel of international experts will provide a unique insight into recent efforts to harness the benefits of space technology to deliver tangible benefits to people on earth. The audience will learn more about governmental space policy initiatives and directions that are aimed at advancing these goals, often  in cooperation with the private sector, in Australia and internationally.

The panel will be moderated by Mr Michael Davis, Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia. Panelists: Ms Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO of LaunchBox and Fleet Space Technologies; Prof Ray Williamson, international space policy expert and former USA Congress advisor on space; Dr Michael Simpson, Executive Director of Secure World Foundation; Mr Nicola Sasanelli, Director for R&D – International Collaborations for Defence SA.

To register for a seat please email:

If you are unable to attend an event, you can still watch the live stream on




The Royal Institution of Australia presents

Exhibition: Winning Sky Photos: The David Malin Awards 2016

From 17th January – 19th March 2017

The Science Exchange Future-Space Gallery

55 Exchange Place Adelaide (Free)

Winning Sky Photos: The David Malin Awards 2016 is the exhibition of the top entries from the David Malin Awards astrophotography competition, held annually by the Central West Astronomical Society and open to amateur astronomers and photographers from around Australia. The photographs are judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. The competition aims to encourage photographers to use their vision, imagination and skill to produce inspiring and beautiful images of the sky.

A Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences travelling exhibition.

Details at




The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

The Ethical Dimension of Space Exploration

 Monday 23rd of January 2017 at 6pm
MC1-02 Lecture Theatre,

Mawson Centre,

Mawson Lakes


Dr Jacques Arnould CNES

French National Centre for Space Studies

Space activities are supported by sound economic arguments, with global business revenues from space activities in the order of hundreds of billion dollars every year. Why did humans however, decide to go to space in the first place? What moves humans to try and literally reach for the stars? When Earth itself is affected by complex global problems, and nations fight for diminishing resources, why do some nations and visionaries expend resources to put humans and human-made objects in space? Is it ethical to strive to expand the reach of human civilisation beyond the gravitational pull of our planet? These and other questions will be explored by Dr Jacques Arnould, resident ethicist with the French Space Agency (CNES), and Adjunct Professor with the International Space University.

With advanced degrees in engineering, the history of science, and theology, Dr Jacques Arnould is uniquely positioned to look at these long standing issues from many perspectives.  The author of several books on the topic of space ethics, he is the recipient of the prestigious 2004 Labruyère Prize from the Académie Française, and of the 2011 Audiffred Prize awarded by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.

To register for a seat please email:

If you are unable to attend an event, you can still watch the live stream on




The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?

 Friday 27h of January 2017 at 6pm
(venue to be announced – note date change)

 Dr Charley Lineweaver

Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics,

Australian National University

Abstract: When we look at the starry sky we cannot help wonder whether we are alone in the universe or whether other sentient beings exist, and if so how far away they are. Maybe the light reflected off our planet and old radio transmissions have travelled through the enormous distances of space and reached intelligent beings, who may also be wondering whether there is life here. Presently we do not have the technology to travel far outside of the solar system and check this out for ourselves, but since time immemorial philosophers have been debating whether we are the only intelligent species in the universe, while scientists have devised experiments to detect signs of life outside of Earth. In this keynote address, we’ll hear from one of the topmost Australian researchers in the field of astrobiology what we have learned so far, and will be treated to a thought-provoking travel through time and space to answer the ultimate question: are we alone?

Bio: Dr Charles (Charley) Lineweaver is the convener of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) of the Australian National University (ANU), where he holds a joint Associate Professorship in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Research School of Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the COBE satellite team that discovered temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background.  His current research ranges from cosmology, to exoplanetology, astrobiology and evolutionary biology.

To register for a seat please email:

If you are unable to attend an event, you can still watch the live stream on




The Royal Institution of Australia and The Australian Academy of Science presents

Immortality in Adelaide

Thursday 16th February 2017, 6.30-8.00pm

The Science Exchange

55 Exchange Place Adelaide

Tickets $20/$15 via FRINGETIX

It was once said that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. While the tax office will still get their cut, the grim reaper’s job is looking less secure.

The life expectancy of Australians has grown by 10 years since the 1970s and some believe the first person to live to 1000 has already been born, but how will this be achieved?

We will hear from three amazing experts, all trying to cheat death in their own special way. Through mapping the code of life to bring back extinct species in the future; by creating artificial organs to prolong life and avoid aging; by suspending life until technologies exist to cure diseases, bring us back to life and allow us to live as immortals; and so much more.


Professor Jenny Graves,

La Trobe University

Professor Jenny Graves is an evolutionary geneticist who works on Australian animals, including kangaroos and platypus, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards).


Mr Matthew Fisher,

Southern Cryonics

Matt Fisher is a software engineer, jack-of-all-trades and the secretary of non-profit organisation Southern Cryonics, promoting awareness of the cryonic preservation of the human body.

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The Astronomical Society of South Australia – Celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2017 presents

ASSA Awards Night

 Wednesday 1st of February 2017 at 8pm

Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre

2nd Floor, Physics Building
University of Adelaide
North Terrace, Adelaide

 This will be a glittering event featuring the ASSA Awards presentations. Please be there to show your support to those members who will be recognised for their achievements. The 2016 Awards to be presented at the Awards Ceremony at the February 2017 General Meeting include:

Bill Bradfield Astronomy Award

Craig Richardson Memorial Image Award

Astrophotography Award

Annual Service Awards

Special Service Awards

Editor’s Award

Show your support & appreciation. Be there!

Free – visitors welcome – booking not required

 (*Please note – university security locks entrance doors at 8pm sharp*)

For further information visit:

Or contact the Publicity Officer on: 0402 079 578


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