Indigenous stargazing at Australian Parliament House

Join Indigenous astronomer Peter Swanton and astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker under the stars on the front lawns of Australian Parliament House and learn about Indigenous Astronomy during National Reconciliation Week. 

Supported by the ANU Astronomy Society and their telescopes, Peter and Brad will guide you through Australia’s long and rich history of stargazing. 

Discover how the skies have been used by First Nation’s peoples as maps to navigate seasons and guide cultural practices across a millennium. Explore the scientific importance of stars on Country as well as how this knowledge is being preserved. 

This free event will take place from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday 30 May 2024. 

Bring a picnic rug, warm drink, and rug up for the Canberra chill to observe the skies. 

Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. 

Plan your visit 

This is an outdoor event and participants may encounter uneven surfaces and changing weather conditions. We recommend dressing warmly and wearing comfortable shoes.

Please note, this event is subject to change at short notice. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Parliament House. Plan your visit today.

Image credit: AUSPIC, Department of Parliamentary Services

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Parliament House
Parliament Dr
Capital Hill