The Comet Lovejoy and the Milky Way in 2011, Roma, Queensland, Australia.

Looking to the Stars of Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

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Sadly, much of the richness of Australian Aboriginal astronomy has already disappeared. Some cultures were so badly destroyed since the colonization of Australia that only fragments of this knowledge are left.

As for those groups who are still preserving this traditional knowledge, an uphill battle is being faced as young Aboriginal people tend to be more attracted to the modern way of life than their traditional lifestyle. Thus the astronomy of their forefathers is slowly being pushed to extinction. Nevertheless, some efforts have begun to preserve this knowledge.    

Featured image: The Comet Lovejoy and the Milky Way in 2011, Roma, Queensland, Australia. ( CC BY SA 3.0 ) Insert: Star map of the constellation Tagai, used by the Torres Strait Islanders of northern Australia. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )

By: Ḏḥwty


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So even Hunter gatherers found uses for astronomy in their hunting seasons. This connection should go to show that astronomy, has been a focus on a lot of religion s because. An accurate clock is what allows a person to control the agricultural part of their environment.

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