The Dark Side is Canterbury's Astronomy Club. Our aim is to have some fun and learn a bit about the universe along the way. We meet every school Monday from 3:30 to 5:00. Numbers are currently restricted to 36 students in Years 5 to 9 plus some senior helpers.

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The Dark Side is an astronomy club open to Canterbury students in Years 5 to 9, with helpers/leaders from Years 10 to 12. We meet every school Monday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the Discovery Centre (the Junior Library) as well as holding occasional evening and weekend events.

The first meetings in 2022 attracted well over 100 students, far more than we could handle. We have had, therefore, to restrict numbers to 30 students in Years 5 to 9 plus some senior helpers. Membership is by expression of interest to David Ilsley ( Further information can also be found in the 'How to Join' section of this page (scroll down).

The Discovery Centre is at the top of a concrete ramp leading from the Junior School car park. Students can be picked up after the meeting from either from the Discovery Centre or the Junior School car park. Any students still waiting after 5:10 will be taken back to the Discovery Centre and should be picked up from there. Also any student who needs to be picked up before 5:00 should be picked up from the Discovery Centre. The map below may be helpful for those not familiar with the area.


The club is run by Mr David Ilsley, Mrs Anita Pendreigh, Miss Amie Pendreigh, Mr Ian Fish, Ms Donna-Marie Forsyth and Ms Marianne Zandona, though not all of these will be at every meeting. Click the 'Contacts' button for photos and contact information.

If you click the image below you can watch an introductory video. It was made in November 2021 by David Ilsley and Paul Penny, though a lot of the information is out of date now. Please excuse the bad acting! But then, what would you expect from maths teachers?












How to Join

Joining is by expression of interest. Interested students should email David Ilsley ( with a bit of information about themselves and why they wish to join. Places will be offered as vacancies arise.

Students will be selected partly on the basis of their expression of interest but more particularly on the recommendation of their teachers.












Dark Side members, their families and other members of the Canterbury community are welcome to join our Facebook group   Canterbury Dark Side











Meeting Format

Most meetings have a common format.

The Starters (the first 15 minutes or so) consists of news and announcements followed by an entertaining video or slideshow.

In Space Facts (the next 30 minutes) we learn about some aspect of astronomy, usually through a slide show and discussion.

The Activity (the last 45 minutes) varies from week to week and may include videos, quiz games, Internet research, development of student projects etc. There is often some choice.


The last meeting of Terms 1, 2 and 3 will be a party behind P Block.

There will also be a number of evening events: star gazing, movie nights, a family night; and also a Sunday afternoon trip to the Brisbane Planetarium.

Astronomy is often called the Science of Everything and students will meet some of the fundamental ideas of Earth science, physics, chemistry and even philosophy. They are also introduced to more advanced (and fascinating) ideas like relativity, subatomic particles and quantum mechanics (Schrodinger’s theory of dead cats), dark matter, black holes, string theory etc.











Program 2022

The program for the year is partly decided, but it will evolve and change.

The following will give some idea of what we will be doing.

Term 1     Term 2    Term 3     Term 4

Term 1                           

                          (Mon 7 Feb - Fri 1 Apr)


Starters    (3:30-3:45)

Space Facts    (3:45-4:15)

Activity    (4:15-5:00)

Feb 21



Introduction to the Universe

Freddo Challenge Quiz Game

Feb 28

School Closed

Mar 7


Planetarium arrangements

Sky Map free phone ap

Stellarium free computer software

4-Corners Quiz Game

Mar 14

No Meeting

Mar 21

No Meeting

Mar 27


(Sunday afternoon)

Mar 28

No Meeting

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Term 2                               

                              (Wed 20 April - Fri 17 June)


Starters    (3:30-3:45)

Space Facts    (3:45-4:15)

Activity    (4:15-5:00)

Apr 25

ANZAC Day Holiday

May 2

Labour Day Holiday

May 9

Lives and Deaths of Stars

Emperor's Cup Quiz Game

May 16

What the Universe is Made of

Video: Why is the Universe Perfect?

May 23

Astronomical Internet Resources

History of the Earth

Video: History of the World Part 1

May 30


4-Corners Quiz Game

June 6

Extra-curricular points check

Cosmic and Galactic Shields

Party Arrangements

The Night Sky

Video: History of the World Part 2

June 13




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Term 3                             

                            (Tue 12 July - Fri 16 Sept)


Starters    (3:30-3:45)

Space Facts    (3:45-4:15)

Activity    (4:15-5:00)

July 18


History and Future of the Universe

Video: A Journey to the End of Time

or RAP

July 25

Star Gazing Arrangements

Atoms to Dust to Planets

Freddo Challenge Quiz Game

Aug 1

Sub-atomic Particles

Virtual Reality Experience

or RAP

Aug 8

Logan Show Holiday

Aug 15

Quantum Theory - Part 1

4-Corners Quiz Game

Aug 22

Star Gazing Arrangements

Quantum Theory - Part 2

Video: What Really is Everything?

or RAP

Aug 29

Star Gazing Arrangements


Video: Was the Universe Born from Nothing?

or RAP

Sep 2

Star Gazing on the Oval

(Friday evening)

Sep 5

Family Night Preparations

Party Arrangements


Emperor's Cup Quiz Game

Sept 12




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Term 4                             

                            (Tue 4 Oct - Wed 30 Nov)


Starters    (3:30-3:45)

Space Facts    (3:45-4:15)

Activity    (4:15-5:00)

Oct 10

Family Night Arrangements

Things that hit the Earth - Part 1

Freddo Challenge Quiz Game

or RAP

Oct 17

Things that hit the Earth - Part 2

Videos:  Saturn, Titan, Pluto

or RAP

Oct 24

Exoplanets and Extra-terrestrial Life

Cosmic Shield preliminaries

or RAP

Oct 31

Family Night Arrangements



Nov 7

Geology of the Earth

Emperor's Cup Quiz Game

or RAP

Nov 14

Family Night Arrangements



Nov 18

Family Night

(Friday evening)

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The activities consist of quiz games (Freddo Challenge, Emperor's Cup and 4-Corner Quiz), videos, virtual reality experiences, RAP (Research and Production) sessions, Family Night preparation and a party on the last Monday of Terms 1, 2 and 3. Details are given below.

Freddo Challenge     Emperor's Cup    4-Corner Quiz

Virtual Reality Experience     Videos     RAP    Family Night Preparation     Parties

Freddo Challenge

Judges sit behind tables in a side room with copies of the answer sheet. A guard (imperial or otherwise) stands at the door to the judging room.

Students form teams of 3, 4 or 5. There are two divisions: to be in Division 5-6, all members of the team must be in Years 5 to 6; otherwise they are in Division 5-12. When they have their team, the members go together to the guard to get a blank answer sheet with 3 sets of 10 answer spaces, numbered 1 to 30. The group then finds a place to work, and writes their team name and members' names at the top of the answer sheet.

The 30 questions are uploaded to the Dark Side website (this site) under Quiz Questions. Students will be able to access them once they have their answer sheets and can then begin.


Teams may do whatever research they like (including on the Internet with laptops or phones) to find the answers. They can even phone a friend. When they have the first 10 answered, one member of the team returns their answer sheet to one of the judges. (The other members can continue working on the other questions.) The guard stands at the door of the judging room and allows in only one students per sheet. The judge checks the paper and tells the competitor how many of the first set are right (not which ones). The group can go back and try again as many times as they wish. When they are satisfied with their score they tell the judge that that is their final try and the judge writes the score at the bottom of the column. Once the score is recorded for column 1, they can have column 2 judged and so on. They can work on columns 2 and 3 while working on column 1, but cannot have them judged until the previous column is finalised.

The teams are warned 5 minutes and 2 minutes before time-up so they can get their un-finalised columns finalised and their total mark entered. When they do this, they leave their sheet with the judges.

The judges then determine the winning team in each division. They then present the prizes – one large chocolate Freddo Frog per team member. If anyone gets to 30 before time-up, the first team to do so in each division wins, though it is not announced until all have finished.

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Emperor's Cup

The Emperor's Cup is a trophy cup. It is filled with Cadburys Favourites before each competition.

Those present are divided into teams of about 10. This can be done in varying ways. For instance, students might choose their own. Other times they might be assigned randomly, e.g. by house or by each person picking a team name from a hat.

At the previous week’s meeting, the students are told what topics the questions will be on and are allowed to research them.

In the competition, each team works in a different room or area. No computers or mobile phones are allowed. One person from each team works as scrutineer with the next team to check for cheating. The scrutineer can walk around and watch, but not distract.

A teacher walks around each team in order handing out sheets. They can start when they get their sheet. After 20 minutes the teacher walk round again and collects up in the same order.

Papers are marked. One point is given per correct answer. The team with the most points wins. If two or more teams are equal, the team with the correct answer to the highest number question wins; if those are the same, then the next highest and so on.

The winning team gets to share and eat the chocolates.

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4-Corners Quiz

A multiple-choice question with four answers, A, B, C and D, is projected onto a screen. Cards marked A, B, C and D are placed in four corners of the room. Competitors go to the corner corresponding to what they think is the correct answer.

Those who go to the wrong corners are dead and have to go to the morgue (a separate area in the room). Those who are still alive get to attempt the next question and so on. The last person alive wins their choice from the chocolate bar basket. If a question kills all remaining competitors, those competitors come back to life and get to face another question.

Once a winner is decided and they have their prize, everyone comes back to life for another round. Rounds continue while time is available.

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A video is shown. The videos will be on some aspect of astronomy. In some cases, options may be offered and the most popular one selected.

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Virtual Reality Experiences

Members can experience the school's virtual reality equipment in contexts including space travel. This will be led by Mr Jenkins.

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RAP (Research and Production)

Students work on producing something astronomy-related that can be shown at the Family Night and/or in Dark Side displays for the school at large to admire. Options include but aren't limited to slide shows and videos, models, posters, costumes and theatrical or dance performances.

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Family Night Preparation

Towards the end of the year, many students will be involved in devising and rehearsing performances for the Family Night. It is hoped that students will run most of the evening with little up-front help from teachers.

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The last meeting of some terms will be a Party on the forecourt of the Discovery Centre. Members should bring a contribution to share. Hopefully there will be a suitable mix of savouries, sweets and drinks.

It always happens that some members forget to bring a contribution. They are still welcome to attend, but should eat and drink sparingly and try to make up for it at the next party.

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The primary aim of the Dark Side is to have some fun and hopefully to be awed by some of the wonders of the universe.

In the Space Facts section of each meeting, members will be explicitly taught various aspects of astronomy.

Astronomy is the study of the universe and, as the universe is everything, astronomy is often called 'the science of everything'.

As such, as well as the astronomical learning, students will be exposed to many fundamental concepts of science more generally. In many cases they will meet these concepts before the year levels at which they appear in the science curriculum. But they will be introduced in a way designed just to whet the apetite and at a depth which assures they make sense. In some cases they will be introduced to ideas that otherwise would wait until senior physics or chemistry or even university astronomy.

Some examples of this learning are: atoms, molecules, subatomic particles and the four fundamental interactions, anti-matter, quantum theory, nuclear reactions, elements, compounds, chemical reactions, mass, velocity, momentum, acceleration, force, energy, entropy, information, temperature, pressure, density, gravity, electric charge and magnetism, electromagnetic radiation, spectra, optics, waves, minerals, rocks, geology, special and general relativity and orbits.

We will also dabble in philosophy, looking at the nature of our perceptions and reality and why anything exists, though, of course, without providing definitive answers.

Mathematical concepts will also be introduced or reinforced. Some examples are: large and small numbers and scientific notation, dimensions, lengths, areas and volumes, angles, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, conic sections, probability, simple formulae and equations like E = mc .


Every time a scientific or mathematical concept is introduced, however, it will be with the aim of understanding something astronomical. It will be explained and members will always have the opportunity to ask questions or seek clarification. If the concept is not fully understood there and then, it won't matter - the astronomy should still be graspable.

Scientific and mathematical concepts tend to make more sense and are more likely to be remembered if if they are met in a context where they are essential for understanding something else.

The best thing about the learning is that there are no tests, so no pressure and no feeling bad if something doesn't yet quite make sense. Admittedly, there are competitions and those who learn more will have better chances of winning the prizes. The Cosmic Shield competition which honours the individuals with the greatest astronomical knowledge takes place at the end of the year, but entry is optional. Apart from that, all the competitions are competed in cooperative groups, so, if someone in the group doesn't know something, someone else in the group might.

In the end, even if some of the concepts encountered don't make total sense, they will seem more familiar and more relevant when they are met later in regular classes.

Our greatest hope is that members will develop their interest in and fascination for astronomy and science more generally.












We will visit the Brisbane Planetarium on Sunday 27 March to watch the show 'Astronomy Live' at 3 pm. Dark Side members and their families are welcome. Actually, being a public show, everybody is welcome.

There is quite a bit to look at at the planetarium besides the shows, so it is probably worth arriving at 2:00 to 2:30 to go though the displays.

The show lasts about 50 minutes. After the show, we might gather in the foyer for a group photo. Then those who wish to might go up to the top of Mount Coot-tha to admire the view and maybe get some refreshments in the kiosk. This would provide an opportunity for families to get to know one another and to get to know us, the Dark Side team.

It is easiest if families book and pay online direct to the planetarium. Prices are reduced because of Covid and there is no group discount available.

Bookings and payment can be made using the link below. Enter the date - from March 27 to March 27, leave the other boxes, and click 'Search Events'. Then click on the show - Astronomy Live. Then follow the instructions.

Admission is $12 for an adult, $8 for 3-14 year olds. Children under 3 are free. Note that, as at Feb 26, the planetarium requires visitors to be fully vaccinated (if 16 years or over) and to wear a mask (if 12 years or over). These requirements could change before March 27.

                                                                                  Planetarium Booking Link

Just in case there are more people wanting to go than the number of seats available, it may be worth booking as soon as you know you are going.

The plan is for students to travel with their families and for us all to gather inside the planetarium during the hour or so before the show.


The planetarium is located in the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. The map below shows the location.

From the Logan area, head west along the Logan Motorway, turn off on the Centenary Highway and head to ‘Northern Suburbs’. The road becomes the Western Freeway. Continue to the roundabout at Toowong and turn left onto Mt Coot-tha Road just before the roundabout. The exit is marked ‘Planetarium’. Then just follow the signs. There is plenty of free parking. An alternative is to go via the SE Freeway and Milton Road. Or just follow your phone.












Star Wars

The Canterbury Dark Side was hoping to hold a Star Wars movie marathon on Friday evenings 20 and 27 May and 3 June, showing the first six movies.



However, the stop-go start to the year left us with insufficient time to make the necessary arrangements.

We started to plan to hold it in Term 3 or 4 instead, but that didn't worked out either. But we will make sure that it happens in Term 2 next year.

Information about the Movies

Movie Classification

The Star Wars movies contain some violence. Parts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are classified PG. Part 3 is classified M. M is a classification which advises viewing by Mature Audiences. Unlike MA, however, it does not impose any restrictions on who can view the movie. As a parent, please purchase tickets only for the movies you are happy for your child/ren to watch.

Educational Value

This event will contribute to students’ understanding of and interest in various science and technology concepts. It will also contribute to their grasp of some issues in the social and environmental sciences. The themes of identity and self-knowledge in the movies are very relevant to the same themes in Pride and Prejudice which Canterbury students study in English. There will also be value for those students who study Film and Television as a subject. Religious and moral education is an essential part of the curriculum at Canterbury. The themes of the light and dark sides of the force present some of these concepts in a way which the students can easily grasp and to which they are generally receptive. The themes of the Star Wars movies deal with the qualities of integrity, compassion, social and environmental responsibility, community and scholarship, five of Canterbury’s core values.











Star Gazing

We normally hold two star-gazing evenings a year. However, for the first half of 2022 all of the five easily visible planets will be below the horizon in the early evening. Also, the moon isn't terribly cooperative with our Friday evening time slot. This year, therefore we will hold just one night starting at 6 pm on Friday 2 September. On that night a crescent moon and Saturn will be up throughout the event, Mercury will be up for the first half and Jupiter will be up for the second half. Of course there will always be other features worth looking at, like star clusters, nebulae, other galaxies etc.

All Canterbury students and their families are welcome to attend this event. It will take place on the school oval behind the senior library. Because there will be a lot of children present in the dark, to ensure that everyone is safe, the procedures in the yellow section below will need to be adhered to.


If it is too cloudy, the event will be cancelled. Whether it is going ahead will be announced in the 'Latest News and Photos' section of this site by 3 pm on the day.

We are hoping that a local astronomical society will come along and bring telescopes more powerful than any owned by the school. Also, people will be able to cook food (Damper and golden syrup will provided) over a fire. Coffee and milo will be also provided. To cover the expenses of the astronomers and the food and drink, there will be a charge, probably between $5 and $10 per person over the age of 5. This can be paid through the link below once we know the cost and the link becomes live.

                                                                                      Star Gazing Payment

In the event of a cancellation, the money paid will be refunded.

All students must be accompanied by a parent or other supervising adult. Parents who attend are welcome to bring along any other children, like siblings of the student. This adult will need to stay with the student and other children and take responsibility for them throughout the evening, especially if they need to leave the group at any stage, e.g. to go to the toilet. Everyone, adults and siblings, can join in all the activities with the students. In the past, family members have enjoyed the evening as much as the students.

If your son or daughter would like to come along, but you cannot make it, you are welcome to ask another family to look after them for the evening.

When you arrive, a Canterbury staff member will be sitting at a table with a light. Please register everyone in your party with them when you arrive and also, importantly, check out with them when you leave. That way we will know who is there in case of any emergency and, at the end of the evening, we will know that everyone is accounted for. If we do things this way, we don’t need consent forms to be signed beforehand. Signing in is also necessary for credit towards extra-curricular points etc.

We will have three rotating groups, Group A, Group B and Group C. When you sign in, you will sign into one of the three groups. You can look to see who has already signed into each group if you wish to be with friends. As people in smaller groups will get more telescope and cooking time, hopefully the groups will naturally stay fairly even.

There will be an introductory talk at 6:00. Then the three groups will rotate through three activities, beginning the sessions at 6:15. 7:00 and 7:45. The activities are:

• looking at the sky with the naked eye (with a commentary from Mr Ilsley)

• looking through the telescopes

• cooking damper and drinking milo or coffee at the fire


Group A will start with the naked-eye viewing then proceed to the telescopes, then to the fire. Group B start with the telescopes, then proceed to the fire, then the naked-eye viewing. Group C will start at the fire then proceed to the naked-eye viewing, then the telescopes.

People who wish to eat damper should bring a stick about a metre long and 1 to 2 cm thick. People are welcome to bring along marshmallows and marshmallow sticks also. Cold soft drinks will be available for $2 a can.

Camp chairs or blankets (or waterproof sheets if the ground is likely to be wet) may come in handy for sitting around the fire as well as for looking up at the sky, so feel free to bring them if you wish.

The best place to park is probably in the Junior School car park on High Road. From there you should be able to see us on the oval.











Family Night

The Family Night will be held in the evening of Friday 18 November. This will be a culmination of the year's work where members put on an entertaining show for their families showcasing what they have been doing during the year. Items might include:

• a slide show of the year's activities

• some slide shows, videos, posters, models etc. produced by Dark Side members

• a fun quiz game for students and family members

• the finals of the Cosmic Shield competition for the students with the most astronomical knowledge

• the presentation of Dark Side badges, attendance certificates and the Cosmic and Galactic Shields

Be aware that, in keeping with Dark Side tradition, Darth Vader and a few of his associates may make an appearance during the evening and a number of fatalities may result.


The main event will begin at 6:30 pm. There will be a sausage sizzle starting at 5:30 for anyone who would like to eat beforehand. There will be unlimited sausages (with bread, onions, sauce etc.) and cordial. There will be a charge of $5 (children under 5 free) for those attending the sausage sizzle to cover the food and drink. This can be paid using the link below once it becomes live. Cold cans of soft drink will also be available for $2. Any profts will go towards more telescopes and other equipment.

                                                                                    Sausage Sizzle Payment

Further details will be provided closer to the date.













There are a number of awards for attendance and performance through the year. Details are given below.

Points and Certificates    Galactic Shield     Cosmic Shield

Points and Certificates

Extra-Curricular Points and attendance certificates will be awarded to all student who attend all or nearly all of the meetings and events during the year.

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Galactic Shield

The Galactic Shield is a perpetual trophy which is engraved at the end of each year with the names of the girl and the boy who attended the largest number of meetings and events during the year. It is awarded at the Family Night.

The winners of the Galactic Shield will also receive certificates of their achievement.

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Cosmic Shield

The Cosmic Shield is a perpetual trophy which is engraved at the end of each year with the names of the girl and the boy who win the Cosmic Shield Final at the Family Night. It is awarded at the Family Night.

The competition is designed to determine which girl and which boy have the greatest astronomical knowledge. Heats are conducted in Term 4 and the three top boys and three top girls go into the Family Night finals. The finals are conducted like a TV quiz game with various different-style rounds.


The finalists and winners of the Cosmic Shield will also receive certificates of their achievement.

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Below is an astronomical tidbit. More can be found here.













Astronomy Internet Resources

Below is the beginnings of a list of good free astronomical resources available on the Internet.

If anyone knows of others worth including, please feel free to let me know on

Software     Web Pages    YouTube     Facebook Pages     Mailing Lists     Phone Aps


Stellarium     Shows the sky in great detail at any given time and place as well as a lot of detail about the celestial objects shown. Probably the best free astronomy software.

Celestia     Allows you to travel through the universe looking at celestial objects. Controls are keyboard keys and mouse actions, so it takes a while to learn to drive it.

Web Pages

Southern Astronomical Society     Website of the Southern Astronomical Society based at Upper Coomera.

Brisbane Astronomical Society     Website of the Brisbane Astronomical Society, based at Coorparoo.

SEQAS     Website of the South East Queensland Astronomical Society, based at Bracken Ridge.

Scenic Rim Astronomy Association     Website of the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association, based at Laravale.

Brisbane Planetarium     Information about the planetarium, shows etc.

Astronomy     Various astronomical articles along with stuff for sale.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine     Astronomy articles, along with some ads (astronomy-related).

Astronomy and Astrophysics Forum     Ask questions and get answers from other members.

Astronomy Online     A site containing links to numerous other astronomy sites.

PhET Gravity and Orbit Simulator     Simple online simulation of the the orbits of Sun, Earth and Moon, allowing the user to change initial velocities etc.


PBS Space Time     (Channel) Clear and mostly reasonably simple accounts of astronomical ideas from Cosmology at the biggest scale right down to the subatomic. Presented by Matt O'Dowd, Australian astrophysicist.

Arvin Ash     (Channel) Fascinating aspects of physics and astronomy explained fairly simply.

The Entire History of the Universe     (Channel) A series of 10 videos (around 30-45 minutes each) covering the most important issues of the history of the universe in a thorough and professional way.

ScienceClic English     (Channel) Videos which present difficult ideas like the curvature of space time and quantum field theory in ways that are accessible to people without a lot of maths/science background.

Domain of Science     (Channel) Videos which give summaries of various topics in physics, astronomy and other sciences.

Physics     (Channel) Videos which give quite mathematical explanations of advanced ideas like wave functions and Einstein's field equations. Many involve a senior high school to first year university maths, though they can be partly understood without.

NASA     (Channel) Videos focusing on NASA's work in space exploration.

Hubble Space Telescope     (Channel) Information about the telescope and some of its classic images.

Space and Astronomy     (Channel) Numerous videos (somewhat dramatic) on popular spects of astronomy - the planets, meteoroid impacts, aliens, the future of humanity etc.

John Michael Godier     (Channel) Numerous videos on popular spects of astronomy with emphasis on extra-terrestrial life.

Deep Sky Videos     (Channel) Numerous videos, each discussing one galaxy (deep sky object) and its particular interesting features.

CrashCourse     (Channel) Educational videos on many subjects. There is a set of 48 on astronomy covering a wide range of topics in an informative way.

Cosmoknowledge     (Channel) A collection of videos about unusual and extreme things in the cosmos. Not always totally accurate, but informative and fascinating.

Facebook Pages

Universe Today     News posts about astronomy and space exploration.

Astronomy Magazine     Interesting astronomical snippets.

Starts with a Bang     Interesting astronomical snippets.

Sky & Telescope     Interesting astronomical snippets, focusing on observational astronomy.

Secrets of the Universe     Interesting astronomical articles.

Mailing Lists

Universe Today (     A weekly newsletter from Fraser Cain containing latest news about astronomy and space exploration.

Phone Aps

Sky Map     Hold the phone up and the ap shows the stars, planets etc. that are in the sky behind it.

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Quiz Questions

Quiz questions will be uploaded here at the start of the Freddo Challenge. Once uploaded, they can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Freddo Challenge Questions












The Dark side is run by


                    Mr David Ilsley               Mrs Anita Pendreigh           Miss Amie Pendreigh                 Mr Ian Fish


                                                          Ms Donna-Marie Forsyth   Ms Marianne Zandona

Not all of these will be at every meeting.

Contact details are:

David Ilsley ( 048 156 0 156 )

Anita Pendreigh ( )

Amie Pendreigh ( )

Ian Fish ( )

Donna-Marie Forsyth ( )

Marianne Zandona ( )

Feel free to contact any of these.

David Ilsley maintains this website.

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M1 Maths

M1 Maths is a set of materials for learning maths from about Year 5 to Year 12. It was produced by David Ilsley, much of it while teaching at Canterbury. There is a module for each topic. The modules contain easy-to-follow explanations of the topic and practice exercises.

The materials can be used by students if they haven't quite grasped a topic or need to revise it, or if they miss lessons or wish to go ahead and get a feel for a new topic before meeting it in class. They can also be used by parents who wish to help their children with their maths.

The site is totally free with no login and no ads.

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