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22nd of June 2021
When used in the same conversation as ASKAP, Emu most often refers to the Evolution Map of the Universe (EMU) Survey Science Program. A previous ADAP showed emus on the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, but today's captures one posing with an ASKAP antenna in the background. It is often assumed that emu is an aboriginal word, but that is not the case. The Australian Museum explains "It may have been derived from an Arabic word for large bird and later adopted by early Portuguese explorers and applied to cassowaries in eastern Indonesia. The term was then transferred to the Emu by early European explorers to Australia." There are many aboriginal languages across Australia, and emus were called murawung or birabayin by the Eora and Darug people around Sydney. In the language of the Wajarri people, the traditional owners of the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, emus were called yalibii or yalibirri. (Image credit: Lou Puls)

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