Sky Stories is your chance to spend an evening with the stars

LOOKING UP: The event will be held at Girinyalanha Park, which is adjacent to the water tower at Orange’s CSU campus.
LOOKING UP: The event will be held at Girinyalanha Park, which is adjacent to the water tower at Orange’s CSU campus.

An evening of storytelling and stargazing is coming up at Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Orange next week when the Future Moves and Explorations programs host Sky Stories on campus.

Sky Stories will draw together Indigenous knowledge and perspectives and modern astronomy, describing and illuminating the visible astronomical features from both a traditional and contemporary way, and highlighting the nexus between science and culture.

Local astronomers Ray Pickard from the Bathurst Observatory Research Facility, and Rod Somerville from the Orange Planetarium will share Aboriginal sky stories and astronomical facts as they describe the starscape over Orange. There will be the opportunity to look through a telescope under the guidance of the astronomers.

The event will be held at Girinyalanha Park, which is adjacent to the water tower at Orange’s CSU campus, and visitors are encouraged to walk around this developing garden. Bring a picnic rug or chair and enjoy Aboriginal dancing, music and a barbecue.

The CSU Future Moves program aims to inspire school students and young people from regional and rural areas to attend university. Working across more than 70 partner schools, Future Moves sees approximately 14,000 students each year during activities based in schools and on CSU campuses.

This evening is supported by our community partners Orange Planetarium, Bathurst Observatory Research Facility and Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Sky stories will take place on Wednesday between 5.30pm and 8.30pm at Girinyalanha Park. Please RSVP Ms Margot Drake at hocorange@csu.edu.au.