08.09.2014 / Coonabarabran, AU

130114_01_First-620x349EMU IN THE SKY

Coonabarabran is in the country of the ‘Kamilaroi‘-people, the Aboriginal tribe from this region. Following up on yesterday’s blog, here’s one example of how astronomy has influenced their life. A dark nebula next to the Southern Cross represents the Emu’s head, with it’s body and legs stretching out throughout the dark dust lanes in the Milky Way. When people saw this shape in the sky (the ‘Emu in the sky‘ usually appears in April and May), they knew that the emus were laying their eggs and went out in the bush to collect them for food.


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