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Asteroids Honour First Nations Astronomy

Posted on: Fri 28 Aug 2020

This year, the International Astronomical Union officially accepted five new asteroid names that honour a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, elders and academics – but making this happen was no simple feat.

Duane Hamacher, Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne, speaks with Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis about this recognition and importance of cultural astronomy.

The honourees include Uncle Segar Passi, Uncle Bill Yidumduma Harne, Professor Marcia Langton, Professor Martin Nakata and the Meriam people from the eastern Torres Strait.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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