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science: welcome to your universe - advanced astrophysics

what we are doing

We're going to explore the fundamental nature of the universe. Building on what we know about how stars work (from astrophysics #1 or spacecamp) - Elf will explain how we know what we know about the rest of the universe - including galaxies, what stars are made of, how we look for exoplanets and will likely go off on a tangent about the possibles fates of the universe.

what you will learn

We will learn about the background physics of our universe that becomes much more obvious when you look away from the planet earth. We will try and answer some questions like: What are those pesky neutrinos that might move faster than light? What do Einsteins relativity theories actually mean? Where's the centre of the universe? And what's this Higgs Boson thingy?

type of lesson

next step

skill required

2 - Having attended spacecamp or intro astrophysics will be helpful but not essential to attend this course.

your chalkler will be

Elf Eldridge

Elf is a physics PhD student who also works at Carter observatory as an astronomer and telescope operator. Coming to the end of the 3rd year of his love affair with the universe, Elf enjoys sharing science with humour and the occasional pointless rant.

what to bring

An open mind, your imagination and thinking caps. This will be highly interactive (and if you're really interested bring some note-taking equipment)

cost $12 (+GST)

how to book and pay

RSVP and pay using this paypal link.


deposit $13.80 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account: #[masked]
Details to include:[masked]- Your name - astrophysics

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:
- more than seven days = refund minus 10% admin fee.

- less than 7 days = no refund

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

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  • Virginia P.

    This was so great! I really liked all of it - Josh's VLF talk, the things Elf demonstrated, and, of course, Frank's amazing talk and knowledge. I liked that it was interactive and used different media to illustrate. I would definitely be keen to attend a series on this topic although Saturday afternoons not usually the best for me. I have high school physics and under-graduate maths and found the technical level fine. Perhaps Josh could take a session on how to make a VLF antenna if the parts are relatively cheap? The venue was good too - easy to find and good equipment.

    February 4, 2013

  • rachel b.

    Enthusiastic presenters and fascinating subject matter.

    February 4, 2013

  • rachel b.

    I thought this was great! I don't consider that I have a superb background in maths/physics but I definitely felt I had enough to make sense of the talks. Frank and Josh both presented really well and responded to our questions. I liked the practical demos with Elf too. I think this could be an extended short course with sufficient interest. In future Saturday afternoons won't be good for me though :(

    February 4, 2013

  • Oleg

    I really enjoyed it, especially part by Frank. I've got bachelor in theoretical physics but work in IT for last 5 years (because there are few good jobs in physics), so it was really good to refresh some memories. Would love to meet again, although I felt this meeting was hard for people without background in math\physics.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed this class. Would be interested in another one if it's organised.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds great but the time clashes with an AW event I can't miss. Any chance of a re-run, or will this be a one-off?

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just an update - just confirmed that there will be 2 'special guests' at this Chalkle. Dr. Frank Andrews, one of New Zealand's leading Cosmologists and a local radioastronomy expert who will be demo-ing some of his gear as observations. We will also be doing heaps of hands on experiments!

    January 14, 2013

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