When you look at the Matariki star cluster, what are you seeing?
The new awareness among non-Māori of the Matariki mid-winter celebrations is also a reminder of how strongly people of the past related to the natural world.
In these days when atomic clocks keep time with an accuracy of about a second every 100 million years, most of the recurring patterns in the night sky are unknown to many of us.
Matariki is a chance to correct that in a small way, even if our modern understanding of what we’re looking at is markedly different to the concepts our distant predecessors had when they looked to the stars.
Link to video and article: Take Five: When you look at the Matariki star cluster, what are you seeing? | Stuff.co.nz