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Year level:

Level 5, Level 6

Suggested timing:

30-45 minutes, including class discussion

Activity 1 – Examining the role of star positions and seasonal change

This activity is a part of the Seasonal foods and Aboriginal astronomy resource.

The Milky Way galaxy arches over Lake Mungo, Mungo National Park. Barkandji/Paakantyi, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngiyampaa country. Photographer: Peter Lieverdink. Source: Flickr. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

Step by Step guide 

What is Stellarium?

 Step 1: Watch video

  1. Watch the Emu in the Sky by Ben Flick 0 : 

Step 2: Begin Stellarium

Download and open the Stellarium program Desktop version: 

Step 3: Explore the following settings

  1. Set the date to the beginning of March and move the time to just after sunset. 

  2. Find the Emu in the sky. 

  3. Gradually move the date forward, keeping the time to just after sunset. How is the Celestial Emu changing over time? 

  4. What does the emu look like in April? June? August? 

  5. Discuss how this can signal the behaviour patterns of the terrestrial emu.  


Related activities within this resources:

Scorpius featuring Mars and Saturn in the night sky

What is Stellarium?

Discover Stellarium, a digital planetarium that offers a vivid depiction of the night sky worldwide, showcasing the celestial dance of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars in real-time.

Activity 2 - Dark Emu explorations

This activity will engage students in thinking about the Dark Emu and engaging with Indigenous knowledge related to the changes within seasons indicated by this dark constellation.

Suggested timing:

2 lessons

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