Indigenous Astronomy - Stories in the Stars

Join this FREE planetarium visit to discover Indigenous constellations of the Boorong People and receive a free copy of the book The First Astronomers: How Indigenous Elders read the stars, by Duane Hamacher.

Stories in the Stars shows you a new way—the oldest way—of looking at the night sky.

European night sky stories are familiar to many people. However, First Peoples' stories of the southern skies are less well known. Explore Indigenous Astronomy in this  Planetarium show and learn how First Peoples's culture describes constellations that cannot be seen from northern latitudes. And, find out how constellations that can be seen from Europe appear in a different way in the sky in the southern hemisphere.  

During the Planetarium show,  you will learn about Indigenous constellations in the night sky of the Boorong People

Over lunch, you will have an opportunity to chat with the rest of the group, share the night sky stories of your own home and culture, and make friends.

Event details: 

  • Date: Thursday 13 October
  • Time: 9.00AM to 2.00PM
  • Location: Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015
  • Cost: FREE - this is fully funded by RMIT for the 40 students who will be selected.


  • 9.00AM - Meet at the City Campus to hop on the bus (you can meet us at ScienceWorks at 10:00am instead if you prefer)
  • 10.00AM - Arrive at ScienceWorks
  • 10.30AM- Planetarium screening
  • 11.30AM - Gather together to share stories and receive book
  • 12.30PM - Free lunch
  • 12.30 to 1.15PM - Free time to explore the rest of the free exhibits at ScienceWorks, if time permists 
  • 1.15PM - Meet at the bus to head back to RMIT (you can stay longer if you wish to make your own way home)
  • 2.00PM - Expected arrival back at RMIT

Application process:

Note that places are limited to 40 students only!

  • Please click the "Apply now" button below to proceed
  • Your application must include a short Statement of Purpose/Intention (100 words or less) about why you would like to participate.
  • We will be in touch two weeks before the event to confirm if you have secured a place

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