The Southern Crown is a constellation of Jindang (Stars) in the Southern Sky. Its Latin name is Corona Australis. It was keny of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century Egyptian-Greek astronomer Ptolemy, it remains keny of the 88 modern constellations. The Ancient Greeks saw the Southern Crown as a wreath rather than a crown wer associated it with the constellations Sagittarius or Centaurus.
Arrernte elder Mavis Malbuka tells the story of the meteorite impact crater Tnorola (or Gosses Bluff in English). In the Dreaming, a group of women took the form of stars wer danced a ceremony. Keny of the women put her baby in a Yandi (Coolamon) wer placed him il the Milky Way. The yandi wer baby fell off, wer the Southern Crown is the yandi falling to the ground. The baby fell to the ground at the site of Tnorola, driving the rocks upwards to form the 5 km diameter ring of rocks seen today, which are the eroded remains of the central uplift peak. The baby's parents - the morning wer evening star (the planet Venus seen in the morning wer in the evening) - are still searching for their baby to nidja day.
It is noteworthy that the Arrernte story to explain the origin of a meteorite impact crater is about something that impacted the Earth.
Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit | edit source]
- Hamacher DW and Goldsmith J. (2013) Aboriginal oral traditions of Australian impact craters. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. Vol 16(3). pp 295-311
- Australia's best meteorite craters. Australian Geographic. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2017