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Learning Area:


Year levels:

Level 5, Level 6

Suggested timing:

2 lessons

Activity 2 - Dark Emu explorations

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 

Use this short video clip to draw students into a stargazing space, getting them to note their thinking and wonderings as they watch.

Then, have students record the appearance of the emu based on the attached reading.

Related activities within this resources:

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

Exploring star position and their link to seasonal change over time.

Suggested timing:

30-45 minutes, including class discussion

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.

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