ASTR109-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

The Cosmos: Birth and Evolution

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


In this "astronomy for poets" course, we take a grand tour of the universe! We will explore how our societies connect to our place in the cosmos, build your own personal awareness of how the Earth and sky relate, and gain an understanding of astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science, beginning with our Solar System and expanding outward to visit exotic stars, remote planets, and distant galaxies. During the journey we will learn about the ways we build this understanding, from voyaging Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa | the Pacific to mapping the structure and origin of the Universe itself. Suitable for inclusion in any course of study.


(1) PHYS109. (2) Students who have been credited with ASTR112 cannot subsequently be credited with ASTR109.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ryan Ridden


Michele Bannister

Guest Lecturer

Prof Ray Jayawardhana


Zachary Lane

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $951.00

International fee $4,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the departments and faculties page .

All ASTR109 Occurrences

  • ASTR109-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • ASTR109-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)