29Jul2017

Get Set For ‘Sky Stories’ 2017

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A stargazing and Indigenous culture community event. Courtesy of Wauchope High School and CSU (Charles Sturt, Uni) – Hastings Secondary College – Port Macq. and Westport Campuses. This is our BIG astronomy event for 2017.

Future Moves Sky Stories Project is an initiative of Charles Sturt University working with local public schools. In the Hastings Valley, Hastings Secondary College (HSC) , Port Macquarie and Westport Campuses as well as Wauchope High School are involved. Sky Stories is a project that uses astronomy to engage students in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

An integral element of the project is acknowledging the links between students, family, community and their sky stories. This enables new ways of learning, teaching and community engagement around Science. This is our second year of involvement.

Boy Viewing - Credit D.Reneke

The family are invited- bring the kids and per through powerful telescopes

Sky Stories looks at Astronomy with a blended Indigenous and Western perspective. It aims to integrate Science and Technology learning with practical activities and cultural understanding.

Our intention is to deepen understanding of the night sky, our Solar System and how we use the sky now and in the past to navigate and as a calendar. This is an opportunity to create quality links between public schools, our local Indigenous people and the broader community.

Public viewing Saturn - Credit D.Reneke

All the major planets wil be in view plus a full moon

What Is Happening

Our local public high schools, Hastings Secondary College and Wauchope High School, together with Future Moves Charles Sturt University invite community members fascinated by the night sky to a free astronomy night at 5 pm, Friday 4 August. We will celebrate the view from sunset onwards with a traditional Welcome to Country by Uncle Bill O’Brien OAM and student cultural dance.

Robert Brangwin, Port Macquarie Astronomical Association, will present on Aboriginal astronomy and how the stars are a compass, a clock, and a calendar. “The stars hold great significance for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, with the sky being a textbook of stories retold from generation to generation.

David Reneke and his group from Mid North Coast Astronomy will present a very special audio-visual slide talk on the big screen called ‘Secrets of the Universe. This will be followed by a laser guided sky tour. Mid Coast Astronomy group member, Dustin Bradford, will entertain the kids with his special ‘Talking Telescope.’ A must see!

“The Moon will be nearly full and the giant planet Jupiter will be easily visible and stunning in the west at sunset. You will be astonished when viewing the four main moons of Jupiter, plus the giant planet’s cloud bands.  Saturn will also be placed nearby” Dave said.

The event kicks off at 5 pm at Sancrox Reserve, Colvin St, Sancrox. So gather your family and friends, picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy an interesting fun-filled evening. Free BBQ and refreshments are provided (gold coin donation appreciated), along with cultural activities, competitions and lucky gate prizes.

Damon Moroney, Iknowgraffix will fill the evening with a splash of colour, performing planet spray painting art throughout the evening. Come armed with your mobile phone and tablet devices. Our public school teachers and local Astronomy groups will be on hand to answer your questions. Download app – Sky Map

Join us for a BBQ, some story-telling and star gazing. Experts will be on hand to answer your astronomy questions, help you with your technology and explore the Indigenous use of the sky.

Mid North Coast Astronomy

Sancrox Field night - Credit D.Reneke

Our members wil be on hand to show you an amazing night sky and answer all of your astro questions.

My group Mid North Coast Astronomy are playing a major part in this event. We will have a number of large telescopes set up for public viewing. A special ‘talking telescope’ the kids will enjoy and I will have a large screen set up on the grass with projector to run my PowerPoint astronomy show Secrets Of The Universe.

We will have big telescopes set up, two courtesy of member Dustin Bradford from Stroud Road (12″ Dob and 14″ Meade) that will be talked about. A special ‘talking telescope’ the kids will enjoy and I will have a large screen set up on the grass with projector to run my PowerPoint astronomy show Secrets Of The Universe. Please bring a rug to sit on or light folding chair.

My Audio/Visual Astronomy Show ‘SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE’ starts with a 10 minute space astronomy DVD while people are settling in. After that I’ll run a short laser guided sky tour pointing out constellations, planets and explaining everything we can see overhead that night.

Secrets of the Universe’

Dave Reneke

PowerPoint Slide Presentation – David Reneke

My Audio/Visual Astronomy Show starts with a 10 minute space astronomy DVD while people are settling in, then I present an enthralling audio-visual PowerPoint presentation called ‘Secrets of the Universe.’ After that I will run a short laser guided sky tour pointing out constellations, planets and explaining everything we can see overhead that night.

Group member Dustin Bradfor d@ Sancrox Reserve

Well known astronomy expert and group member Dustin Bradford will be along with his GIANT Meade scope.

How was the Universe formed? What are black holes? Will our sun really die? Will we live on Mars? How are stars made? Are there really other universes? These questions and more will be answered in a fascinating astronomy show called ‘Secrets of the Universe’.

‘Secrets of the Universe is a full colour audio-visual program detailing the evolution of the Universe and the history of the space program. Dozens of amazing facts and figures about space will be revealed for everyone attending the talk.

Throughout the talk, David will be using the latest, most up to date visual material available from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Audience members will marvel at close-up images of incredible planets, moons, stars, galaxies and black holes.

They’ll revisit the Moon landing, examine the latest images of the surface of Mars – they’ll even get to hold a real meteorite, and much more!

Sky Stories Night:  Friday 5th August 2017  Sancrox Reserve at Wauchope 5 – 8pm.

For more background and contact info contact:

Gillian ShuteHSC- Westport Campus                                       gillian.shute@det.nsw.edu.au

 

 

 

 

 

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