Astronomy

The Australian Outback is one of the best places to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allow you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before.

Astronomy

The Australian Outback is perhaps one of the best places to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allow you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before. You'll see the wide expanse of the Outback sky ablaze with countless stars. And, if you join the Sounds of Silence dinner, a resident astronomer will take you on a journey through the heavens, letting you view the stars and planets and other astral bodies through the powerful telescopes on site.

The astronomer will also explain the significance of the stars and planets, in ancient mythologies and Aboriginal stories of creation.

Some of the constellations that you'll hear about are:

Libra - The Scales

Libra is the only one of the classical zodiac constellations which doesn't depict a human or animal. In China it was known as the Star of Longevity which they called Sho-Sing.

Orion - The Hunter

Orion is not a zodiac constellation, but appears at the feet of Gemini, the Twins. Greek mythology has it that Orion the Hunter was an arrogant chap who was stung to death by a scorpion.

The Pleiades or Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters story is part of an Aboriginal songline that traverses the breadth of the continent, from the east to west coast of Australia. In Central Australia they say the seven beautiful women were seen by the hunter Wati Nehru.

Scorpio - The Scorpian

Scorpio, or Scorpius, is large and easily recognisable in winter. When the Aboriginal people from Yirrkala on the north coast of the continent saw Scorpius in the early morning sky they predicted they would soon see Indonesian traders sail into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross and two pointer stars are used to find south in the southern hemisphere, while in the northern hemisphere they use the North Star to find north.

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The Moon

Planets often have satellites revolving around them. We call ours the moon. A story from South Australia calls the moon Meeka, and the sun Ngangaru. It is said that they both live in a cave where the moon goes down.

Venus - The Morning Star

In Arnhem Land, the Aboriginal people know the planet Venus - the morning star - as Barnumbir. Her appearance at dawn was very important to all women in their preparation for the daily hunting and gathering.

Canopus

The star Canopus is about 200 light years away. So the light we see from it now left the star at about the time Captain James Cook arrived in Australia.

Saturn

Saturn, the god of Time, leader of the Titans and Jupiter's father, is a planet made mostly of liquid hydrogen, only about 70% as dense as water. Saturn has 62 moons, the largest of which is Titan.

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Shooting Star

A shooting star is a piece of rock or dust seen burning up as it enters the earth's atmosphere.

Small Magellani Cloud

The Small Magellanic Cloud has about 2000 million stars and is a bit further away than the Large Magellanic Cloud, by about 190,000 light years.

Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud contains about 10,000 million stars and lies about 170,000 light years away.

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Launch off on a Rock Blasting adventure, taking in the sights of Ayers Rock Resort and surrounding deserts on the way to Uluru; a panorama of breathtaking scenery unique to the Red Centre.  Tour duration is approx. 1 hour.

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Welcome to the Circle of Sand, the Indigenous heart of Ayers Rock Resort. You will quickly become captivated by the yarns told by an Indigenous storyteller about Aboriginal history, culture and traditional techniques used on the land. Dependant on the season, learn about traditional bushtucker or an Indigenous man’s “survival kit” including weapons such as katjii (hunting spears), tjutinpa (clubs), kali (boomerangs) and miru (spear thrower). Tour duration approx 30 minutes.

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Listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo while enjoying lunch at the Resort Town Square. Male guests have the opportunity to try it for themselves. You may like to purchase a didgeridoo at the nearby Craftworks and learn with your own instrument. Tour duration approx. 30 minutes. Note: Culturally, the didgeridoo is only played by males. We request your understanding and respect for Indigenous culture during this activity.
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Your 2 night Weekend Escape offers the perfect solution to escape and ensure you are left with a lifetime of memories. Includes the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars, a Kata Tjuta and Uluru sunset tour as well as a camels ride to witness a sunrise that will take your breath away. There is also a host of free Indigenous activities.

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Staying in a newly refurbished 1 bedroom apartment at Emu Walk Apartments, celebrate the best of Australian Indigenous culture in three majestic days during this lively Indigenous festival. With three signature events included - the ‘Tastes of Tjungu’, a commemorative Indigenous Australians at War Lunch and an elevated view of the Tjungu Fashion Parade and Final Night Concert, as well as a Desert Awakenings sunrise tour that will take you up close to Uluru, you will be well and truly immersed in the magic of this living cultural landscape. This itinerary is suited for adults and children aged 10 and over.

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Celebrate the best of Australian Indigenous culture in three majestic days during this lively Indigenous festival. With three signature events included - the ‘Tastes of Tjungu’, a commemorative Indigenous Australians at War Lunch and an elevated view of the Tjungu Fashion Parade and Final Night Concert, as well as a Desert Awakenings sunrise tour that will take you up close to Uluru, you will be well and truly immersed in the magic of this living cultural landscape. This itinerary is suited for families with children aged 10 and over.
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