Science Briefing: Multicultural Perspectives on Astronomy

7 Oct 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

Science Briefing: Multicultural Perspectives on Astronomy

Please join us for this edition of NASA’s Universe of Learning Science Briefing. We will hear about different cultural perspectives on astronomy from a diverse panel of speakers.

In this briefing, speakers will share their expertise on cultural astronomy around the world. Dr. Urama will discuss the new yam festival and the astronomy of the Igbo nation. Mr. Mendez will talk about his work on the astronomical evidence in architecture and mythology at the site of Palenque Chiapas, which provides us with a unique window into the indigenous American worldview and cosmology. It is within the texts and art of Palenque that we find a rare description of the creation myth during the Classic Period (c. 250-800 AD) and offers a unique insight into some of the principles of Maya space and the use of ritual architecture to evoke a primordial concept of creation and renewal. Dr. Adams will discuss the significance of indigenous Arabian astronomy in seasonal forecasting within pre-Islamic and early islamic Arabia as well as its cultural heritage that remains in many of the modern star names that are used today by the astronomical community worldwide. In addition to these perspectives, we will highlight several resources relating to this content.

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7 Oct 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Night sky with the Milky Way, seen through a clearing in the trees.

ABOUT THE SERIES

The NASA’s Universe of Learning Science Briefings are professional learning telecons for the informal science education community, done in partnership with the NASA’s Museum & Informal Education Alliance. These monthly thematic briefings highlight current NASA astrophysics explorations and discoveries from across the suite of NASA astrophysics missions. NASA scientists and engineers provide contemporary science results, and are able to respond to listener questions during the telecon. NASA-developed education and outreach resources, matched to the monthly theme, are included in every briefing.

In order to participate in the telecon and ask questions of the scientists, please join NASA’s Museum & Informal Education Alliance at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/.

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