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Dragons’ Tails & Balor’s Eye and South African Starlore

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Dragons’ Tails & Balor’s Eye and South African Starlore
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Join Dr Sharon Arbuthnot from the University of Cambridge and Dr Daniel Cunnama from the South African Astronomical Observatory for two astronomy-themed discussions:

Dr Arbuthnot will explore how the Irish engaged with astronomy and astrology in the past, looking at how early medieval writers observed the movements of the stars and recorded how they had seen ‘dragons’ in the sky. She’ll also consider how names for all sorts of astronomical phenomena - from the Great Bear to the Milky Way - have been assigned, altered, forgotten and replaced over the years.

Science Engagement Astronomer, Dr Cunnama, will use starlore about the night sky to explain how Africa has a long and rich relationship with astronomy. With many different languages spoken across various regions in South Africa, Dr Cunnama will also look at how language and the tradition of storytelling go back many generations and tie us to our ancestors…

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