Four stars in the sky recognised by their Aboriginal names

Think you know about all the stars in the sky? Stars like Polaris, Rigel or Sirius?

Well, the International Astronomical Union introduced 86 new stars to us and the namings of those stars are much more significant than usual. Four of those stars have been formally recognised by their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander names, something that has never been done before. Three of the names come from the Wardaman language in the Northern Territory and one from the Boorong language in Victoria.

Dr Duane Hamacher from Monash University told us more about the stars, how they are still an important part of traditional cultures and why we need to recognise Indigenous names in our starry night sky.

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