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Paul Curnow

Paul Curnow (BEd) is a council member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia and a former council member of the Field Geology Club of South Australia. He has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992 and was the recipient of the ASSA Editor’s Award for 2000, 2010, and then again in 2013. In 2002, he served as a southern sky specialist for visiting US and British astronomers who were in Australia for the total solar eclipse.

He is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian Aboriginal night sky knowledge and in 2004 he worked, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center Planetarium in Ohio, on the creation of a show that features Indigenous Australian stories of the night sky. In addition, Paul runs a number of popular courses for the general public that focus on the constellations, planetary astronomy, historical astronomy and ethnoastronomy, which primarily deals with how the night sky is seen by nonwestern cultures.

Paul appeared as a keynote speaker at both the inaugural 2010 and 2013 Lake Tyrrell Star Parties in Sea Lake, Victoria and was recently a special guest speaker at the Carter Observatory in Wellington, New Zealand.

Since 2012, Paul has taken the role of lecturer for the Astronomy & Universe course (EDUC2066; formerly EDUC1036) for the School of Education at the University of South Australia.

Paul appears regularly in the media and has authored over 40 articles on astronomy