British Astronomical Association
Supporting amateur astronomers since 1890

Secondary menu

Main menu

Home Forums History
Terms of use

Did Aboriginal Australians Discover the Variability of Betelgeuse?

4 posts / 0 new
Last post
Jeremy's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 hours 12 min ago
Joined: 04/03/2014 - 22:00
Did Aboriginal Australians Discover the Variability of Betelgeuse?

According to this fascinating paper by Bradley E. Schaefer, the answer is Yes!

The full Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage paper pre-print can be read here.

pmulli's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 2 days ago
Joined: 13/01/2016 - 14:06
Betelgeuse

What a fascinating article Jeremy, when you think about it with the fabulous pitch black skies of the Australian outback, its a cert that these indigenous people who have lived there for thousands of years, would have noticed the variations in brightness of bright stars such as Betelgeuse and Antares: and may be even fainter stars?

djswan2002's picture
Online
Last seen: 1 min 51 sec ago
Joined: 20/04/2017 - 19:58
Early astronomy

Thanks for pointing out this article, Jeremy.

Grant Privett's picture
Offline
Last seen: 23 hours 7 min ago
Joined: 28/12/2014 - 18:30
Ignorant

I'm curious. I know that like the Hawaiians the Australians relied on oral history rather than written records, but I have no idea where they stood with regard number systems and calendars? Presumably they spotted variation but didnt record the period? Have I got that right?