Murriyang, Parkes Telescope receives Indigenous name

October 13th, 2020

The iconic Parkes radio telescope has received a special honour from Australia’s first scientists and astronomers. Wiradjuri Elders gave the 64-metre telescope a traditional Indigenous name during NAIDOC Week 2020. It’s name is Murriyang.

In the Wiradjuri Dreaming, Biyaami (Baiame) is a prominent creator spirit. The stars that portray the Orion constellation also represent this spirit. Murriyang represents the ‘Skyworld’ where Biyaami lives.

For more details read the CSIRO Blog post.