Observations of red-giant variable stars by Aboriginal Australians

@article{Hamacher2017ObservationsOR,
  title={Observations of red-giant variable stars by Aboriginal Australians},
  author={D. Hamacher},
  journal={The Australian Journal of Anthropology},
  year={2017},
  volume={29},
  pages={89-107}
}
  • D. Hamacher
  • Published 2017
  • History, Physics
  • The Australian Journal of Anthropology
Aboriginal Australians carefully observe the properties and positions of stars, including both overt and subtle changes in their brightness, for subsistence and social application. These observations are encoded in oral tradition. I examine two Aboriginal oral traditions from South Australia that describe the periodic changing brightness in three pulsating, red-giant variable stars: Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis), Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri), and Antares (Alpha Scorpii). The Australian Aboriginal… Expand
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