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Mr Paul Curnow 

Position: Course Coordinator Mr Paul Curnow
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: School of Education
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus

Position: Astronomy Lecturer
Division/Portfolio: Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
School/Unit: School of Natural and Built Environments
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus

Email: Paul_dot_Curnow_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Paul.Curnow

Paul Curnow (B.ED) is the Vice President 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 is a 3-time winner of the ASSA Editor’s award (2000; 2010; & 2013). In 2002, he served as a southern sky specialist for visiting U.S. 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 non-western cultures. He recently appeared as the keynote speaker at the inaugural 2010 Lake Tyrrell Star Party in Sea Lake, Victoria and recently returned from New Zealand after being a special guest speaker at the Carter Observatory in Wellington. Since 2012 Paul has taken the role of lecturer for the Astronomy & Universe course (EDUC 2066) for the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Paul appears regularly in the media and has authored over 50 articles on astronomy.

Links to other sites


Looking up from Down Under

Aboriginal Astronomy

'Star Man' seeks to save aboriginal myths

Venus Transit news report

News Edit: Venus Transit

Teaching interests

  • Observational astronomy
  • Historical astronomy
  • Ethnoastronomy
  • Aboriginal astronomy
  • Solar system astronomy
  • Constellations

I teach the following courses

EDUC 2066Science and Sustainability 3: Astronomy and the Universe


B.ED (University of South Australia)

Research interests

  • Aboriginal Astronomy
  • Ethnoastronomy

Research publications

Curnow, Paul. (2011). Aboriginal Skies. Australasian Science Magazine, October. (http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-october-2011/aboriginal-skies.html)

Curnow, Paul. (2010). Boorong Skies. Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, June, 4-6. (http://www.warawara.mq.edu.au/aboriginal_astronomy/literature/Curnow_2010.pdf)

Curnow, Paul. (2009). Adnyamathanha night skies. Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, June, 12-14. (http://www.warawara.mq.edu.au/research/aboriginal_astronomy/literature/Curnow_2009.pdf)

Curnow, Paul. (2006). Night skies of the 'Dreaming'. Sky & Space, March/April, 40-48. (http://www.warawara.mq.edu.au/aboriginal_astronomy/literature/Curnow_2006a.pdf)

Curnow, Paul. (2006). Kaurna Night Skies. Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of South Australia (http://www.atnf.csiro.au/research/AboriginalAstronomy/literature/Curnow2006b.pdf)

Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Astronomy

  • General Astronomy
  • Aboriginal Astronomy
  • Ethnoastronomy
  • Solar System (Planets)
  • Constellations & the Night Sky
  • Meteors & Impacts

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