Past Meetup

science: astronomy (intro)

This Meetup is past

22 people went

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what we are doing

An evening looking at the night sky, including using the Carter telescope, and a wander around the Carter Observatory exhibition (planetarium show included!)

what you will learn

Basic Astronomy- how to use a star map, finding/observing the planets and where to look, where to find some important and easy constellations and stars. How to do some celestial navigation and some features of the moon. Cross fingers to see some shooting stars! If it is a clear night, we could go and look at the planets/moon/star clusters in the Thomas Cooke telescope at Carter.

type of class


skill required

1/10 - none - just enthusiasm!

your chalklers will be

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.

what to bring

No equipment needed, but if anyone has binoculars that would be good and a red torch to help you see the star chart.

cost 22.45 (incl. GST) - covers planetarium / exhibition / telescope

how to book and pay
RSVP above and Pay using this paypal link (


deposit $22.45 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account:
Details to include:[masked] - Your name

this event is weather-dependent!

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