Star­dome show wel­comes in Matariki

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The lu­mi­nous Matariki clus­ter plays an im­por­tant role in herald­ing in the new Maori year.

The start of the fes­ti­val be­gins this year on June 28, which is the night of the first cres­cent Moon af­ter the first ap­pear­ance of Matariki in the morn­ing sky.

Matariki is the Maori name for the Pleiades star clus­ter.

The Matariki Dawn Plan­e­tar­ium show at Star­dome show­cases the leg­end of Pa­p­at­u­anuku and Rang­inui, Rona and the Moon and Matariki.

In the 360° im­mer­sive show you can learn more about these leg­ends, why Matariki falls on a dif­fer­ent day ev­ery year and how an­cient Maori used the Moon.

Matariki Dawn plays at 7pm Wed­nes­day to Sun­day from June 28 to July 13. See star­dome. org.nz.

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