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Charcoal Night


In the crisp evening, they discovered a giant emu in the Milky Way, nebular clusters and craters on the moon. The night sky was the star attraction last Wednesday night, when students and staff from Albury Wodonga Community College partnered with the Astronomical Society of Albury Wodonga (ASAW), Albury Wodonga Community College (AWCC) and Murray Arts to set up telescopes and share their knowledge about the stars twinkling above.

The overnight stay at Great Aussie Holiday Park, Wymah, included three informative presentations about the night sky, part of a collaborative project titled ‘Charcoal Night’.  The secondary students first learnt about the planets and constellations appearing in the sky by David Thurley, president of the ASAW.

Dr. Duane Hamacher, lecturer in Indigenous astronomy at the University of NSW, invited the students to recreate an Indigenous story about the phases of the moon. They created a visual representation of the earth and moon orbiting the sun with this new insight.

Gregory Gibbs stunned the students into silence with his incredible images of landscape astrophotography and time-lapse films, inspiring the students to peer down the powerful telescopes, ‘get away from artificial lights and simply look up’.

As the final stage of the Charcoal Night Project, a short film documentary, created throughout the project, recorded opinions, observations, time-lapsed drawings and landscape astrophotography, and will be screened throughout Albury Wodonga as part of National Science Week 10 – 18 August 2013.

Venues where you can view the film include:

ABC Open covered the story here.

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