Virtual Event: Stories in the Sky – Cultural interpretations of visible patterns and rhythms
2020 Astronomy for All LectureThursday 28 May 2020 18:00 to 19:00
Charles Barclay, Associate Fellow, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford and convener of the annual Astronomy for All Lectures
*This lecture will be online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared with those registered (below) ahead of the event.*
Perhaps now, more than ever, we are realising the loss of our connection to our environment. This highly illustrated talk will explore the interpretations that came with patient observation of the night skies, of the patterns, cycles and rhythms, the need to build cosmologies and belief systems to provide structure for an otherwise bewildering existence. It will examine some of the stories that were common across the globe and that played a role in preliterate human development, and which in a busy, modern, light-polluted, world have largely been forgotten.
Charles Barclay is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford where he is convener of the annual Astronomy for All Lectures. He is an Outreach Astronomer, Director of the Blackett Observatory at Marlborough College and Academic visitor in the Astrophysics sub-department. He is a past Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society.