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Asteroids named in honour of Indigenous Australians for significant contribution to Aboriginal astronomy – ABC Message Stick

Asteroids are named in honour of Indigenous elders, academics and the Torres Strait island community.

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When Meriam elder Uncle Segar Passi looks to the night sky, there’s now a special place among the heavens he can call his own.
Key points:

  • Five asteroids have been named after two Indigenous elders, two Indigenous academics and a Torres Strait island community
  • The asteroids were originally discovered in 1979 at the Siding Springs Observatory in NSW
  • Torres Strait Islander culture is linked to the stars, which inform laws, customs, and practices

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