An astronomer and Research Fellow in the Nura Gili Indigenous Centre at UNSW.
Born and raised in mid-Missouri, he developed a passion for science at an early age, especially astronomy.
Dr. Hamacher’s research interests are primarily in Cultural Astronomy, where he does research about the astronomical knowledge and traditions of Indigenous Australians, also “Aboriginal Astronomy”. He enjoys visiting archaeological sites and working with Aboriginal communities. He has research interests in the history of science, observational astrophysics, meteorite impacts & meteor science, science education and skepticism/critical thinking.
As a part of Small World Journey’s offered Total Solar Eclipse trips, Dr. Hamacher will explore the role of eclipses in the Indigenous Cultures of Australia during a brief presentation. Dr. Hamacher will share stories handed down by elders and present beautiful Indigenous artworks representating this rare phenomenon.