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A Shark in the Stars: Astronomy and Culture in the Torres Strait

11 Jul 2013, 02:08 UTC
A Shark in the Stars: Astronomy and Culture in the Torres Strait
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Originally published in The Conversation, 10 July 2013, 6.36 am ESTby Duane HamacherTagai by Glen MackieTechnology has, without doubt, expanded our understanding of space. The Voyager 1 space probe is on the brink of leaving our solar system. Massive telescopes have discovered blasts of fast radio bursts from 10 billion light years away. And after a decade on Mars, a Rover recently found evidence for an early ocean on the Red Planet.But with every new advance, it’s also important to remember the science of astronomy has existed for thousands of years and forms a vital part of Indigenous Australian culture, even today. As an example, lets explore the astronomy of the Torres Strait Islanders, an Indigenous Australian people living between the tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea.Read the rest of the article in "The Conversation".

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