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science: astronomy (next step)

  • Feb 1, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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what we are doing

Have you ever wondered what those fuzzy blobs are up in the night time sky? Have you already done an astronomy intro and what to learn more? Well this is the class for you!

what you will learn

We will be finding and observing deep sky objects (objects outside our Solar System) using binoculars and telescopes and showing you how to use star maps and tips and tricks like star hopping. There are some wonderful things to observe at the moment- some of these are: 
M42- Orion Nebula, M41(open cluster), Sirius, Taurus and the Hyades cluster, Aldebaran, Matariki cluster, LMC and SMC (nearby galaxies!), Tarantula Nebula, 47 Tucanae, the Jewel box, Eta Carina, the Southern Pleiades, Alpha centauri (galaxy), Gamma Crucis and Omega Centauri.

type of lesson

next step, practice

skill required

2-3 (for people who have attended a basics astronomy class or came to Space Camp)

your chalklers will be

Becky and Elf will be hosting your evening, you may already recognise us from Space Camp, and astrophysics and astronomy intros.But in case you have forgotten who we are....

Becky Bateman: Becky is a presenter and educator at Carter Observatory, and an amateur astronomer since she was a teenager and would often sneak out in the night to watch the stars.

Elf Eldridge: When Elf isn't being a space pirate, he works at the Carter Observatory, and in his day job he is a PhD student at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology where he researches nanopore technology. In other words, using very, very small holes to study very very small particles such as viruses, DNA or proteins.

cost 6 (+GST)

how to pay and book

RSVP above and pay using this paypal link.


deposit $6.90 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account: #[masked]
Details to include:[masked]- Your name - astronomy

what you need to bring

We will be outside for a few hours, so you will need to wear warm clothes! If you have a red head torch and binoculars, please bring them. We will be using binoculars a lot over the evening so the more binoculars we can have the better.
We will give you a leaflet and star chart on how to find these objects, but some knowledge of how to use a star chart would be desirable.

The class will be roughly 2 hours long, and of course weather dependent! We will inform you by 6pm on the 1st Feb if it is cancelled due to rubbish unco-operative weather!

our cancelation policy

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 7 days = restricted from this class for three months.

- after 7pm night before =  class restriction, and a no show will be recorded.

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  • Becky B.

    Thank you to everyone who came last night, it was a beautiful evening spent with lovely people.

    February 2, 2013

  • Becky B.

    And I've been trying to find Comet Lemmon so hopefully by Friday I can show you all where it is!

    January 30, 2013

    • Brenton H.

      It's moving lower in the Southern Sky every night. I've been able to see it a couple of times now - but it has moved behind the church across the road from my house! I've seen it in 7x50s and 10x40 binoculars. And that's near street lights, so you should be good.

      January 31, 2013

    • Becky B.

      I think I saw it last night, looked like a grey fuzzy blob??

      February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have another look at the stars from last night (You'll need a computer that does flash)

    February 2, 2013

  • Leahna

    Excellent night, thanks Becky and Elf, you were stellar teachers!

    February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will anyone be heading back into wellington or the hutt valley after this? Wondering if i can possibly scab a lift.... :)

    February 1, 2013

    • Leahna

      Hey Elf ill be driving back to welly right after we finish. Happy to give you a lift! Leahna

      February 1, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Also, if you are driving there is loads of parking by the northbound route by the squash club.

    February 1, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Mana northbound platform 10.15 tonight. I have some maps for you all so try and bring a red torch and binoculars if you can.

    Looking forward to it!

    February 1, 2013

  • Becky B.

    yes!!! I think the best place will be Mana station platform on the northern route. We can get organised there then head out altogether.

    February 1, 2013

  • Ranmal

    Is there a specific place in Ngatitoa Domain that we meet ?

    January 31, 2013

  • Becky B.

    if anyone has got binoculars or a telescope, bring it along! looks like it will be a gorgeous evening if the weather reports are right!!

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have paid for us both :-)

    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a clear and dry night...

    January 16, 2013

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