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Astronomy: The Cosmos – Big and Beautiful, a Grand Sweep Through Time! (part 2)

  • Sep 9, 2013 · 7:15 PM
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what we are doing 

This is Part 2 of a two part series that deals with everything! Cosmology is the study of the whole universe – how and ‘where’ it started and how it got to be the panorama of stunning beauty and astonishing science we see now.

We will help you to get a picture of something almost too big for the mind to imagine – the (almost) unimaginable whole! We will add to the pleasure of looking at stunning images and simulations with facts that will fill in your knowledge of our universe. We will talk about some of the great mysteries scientists are still grappling with, like dark matter and dark energy.

To attend this class it is not required to have attended Part 1 of this fascinating series.

Please note while there are interactive aspects of this class, this chalkle is more presentation than discussion. 

what you will learn

How galaxies form and evolve.

How our measurements and theories have led us to a search for dark matter.

How it became clear that galaxies and clusters of galaxies are flying away from each other.

How we came to see that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, driven by dark energy.

How our own galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy, will change billions of years from now when it collides with our neighbour the Andromeda Galaxy.

type of class  intro 

skill required beginner 

your chalkler will be 

Frank Andrews and Russell Bishop. 

Frank is a born Kiwi and has made a life-long study of astronomy, exploring the nature of the planets and other objects that make up our own ‘sun system’, the Solar System, and objects and structures out to the furthest reaches of the universe. He is part of a global team building simulations to test the theories which describe how galaxies and clusters of galaxies form and how they change over time. Frank lectures to both the general public and to his fellow experts and is known and respected for his skill in sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of Astronomy. 

Russell studied engineering in South Africa and came to New Zealand to work in our iron and steel industry. He first learned astronomy at his father’s knee, and has wandered through the full range of knowledge which comprises the subject through reading and reading and reading, and through experience of places like Carter Observatory in Wellington and through picking the brains of people like Frank. Russell has also worked as a teacher and sometimes uses slightly innovative methods for helping people to understand and learn, and to enjoy learning. 

Frank will deliver the main core of the classes, with Russell chiming in with a few interesting interludes."

what to bring Pens and paper if desired

appropriate audience Everyone

cost 20.00 (incl. GST, if any) 

how to book and pay

We expect pre-payment for all classes.

RSVP and pay using this paypal link 


deposit 20.00 into chalkle's Kiwibank account: 


Reference:[masked] - Your name 

note we require a minimum of 5 people for this class to go ahead. 

about chalkle°

Chalkle° enables learning for communities in real life. Small affordable classes mean high value for participants, extracting the knowledge and skills otherwise hidden within the community. chalkle° redefines what it means to be a teacher or a learner, helping everyone undertake training in practical, artistic or academic skills while fostering lifelong learning. 


Chalkle° expects pre-payment for all classes. If you have not paid you will be placed on the waiting list to allow other chalklers to attend. You will be moved to attending once chalkle° has received confirmation of your payment. 

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle°. You may request to rejoin after six months. 

If you cancel your RSVP: 

- less than 3 days before = no refund 

- after 7pm the night before = no refund and a "no show" will be recorded 


Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, chalkle°, teachers and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after a class.

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  • Christine B.

    Hi Liz. Work commitments mean I can't make the session tonight. Sorry about the short notice.

    September 9, 2013

  • Andy C.

    Hi Liz, I paid my $20 Sunday and emailed the accounts team. The money might not appear until Tuesday due to the banking system so I sent a screenshot as proof of payment. Is this ok? Thanks, Andy

    September 9, 2013

  • chalkle

    If you are on the waitlist and would like to attend this session, please email Amy at [masked] about prepayment for the class. Your status will be moved to Yes when we have received a notification from you

    September 5, 2013

  • Ranmal

    Paypal link not working..

    September 4, 2013

  • Katie C.

    Can we attend this one of we missed the first part, or would it not make snese?

    August 23, 2013

    • Katie C.

      Thanks, I'm looking forward to it.

      August 24, 2013

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    August 3, 2013

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