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Country and Sky

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Indigenous Australians have been doing science for so long. It’s within our culture and heritage. There’s evidence of so many scientific discoveries that can be attributed to Indigenous Australians
Karlie Noon

Australian space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman and Gamilaraay astrophysicist Karlie Noon discuss new frontiers of science in a wide ranging conversation covering space junk and preservation, the connection between astronomy and cultural heritage, and the future of Australians in space. Together they unravel the festival theme trace through the galactic lens.


Karlie Noon is a Gamilaraay astrophysicist and mathematician with more than a decade's experience in science communication and Indigenous heritage. She is also co-author of the award-winning book First Knowledges – Sky Country.

Dr Alice Gorman is a leader in the field of space archaeology and author of the award-winning book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future. She is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide and a heritage consultant with more than 25 years’ experience.



On Gadigal land

Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

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Adults $15, Concession $8

14 August 2023

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We encourage visitors with accessibility requirements to contact us via or (02) 9217 0222 for help in planning your visit. We accept Companion Cards.

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This event is translated live in Auslan, sign language of the Australian Deaf community.

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