Astronomy & Astrophysics
UCLAN: School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Associations & Societies:
Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology (UK) FIST.
Student member of the Institute of Physics (UK).
Full member of the Newcastle Astronomical Society.
Student member of the Australian Society for General Relativity & Gravitation.
Area of Physics Interest:
Cosmology: General Relativity
Astronomy: Robotic controlled telescopes and interferometry
Current study program
- GAIA: the Dawn of High Precision Micro-Arcsecond Astrometry, Journal of Science and Technology UK, October 2013.
- The Controversy over the Presence of Water on the Moon, Journal of Science and Technology UK, July 2012.
- ‘Origins, Part 2: The General Theory of Relativity,’ Journal of Science and Technology UK, Jan 2012.
- ‘Origins, Part 1: The Special Theory of Relativity,’ Journal of Science and Technology UK, June 2011.
- ‘Australian Telescopes: A Retrospective,’ Journal of Science and Technology UK, July 2010.
- ‘Interview with Professor Lawrence Krauss,’ Journal of Science and Technology UK, August 2010.
Click here to see full publication list
Pending Journal Publications:
- ‘Gravitational Redshift Correction to Astrophysical Distance Calibration,’Unknown journal.
- ‘Gravity Wave Interferometry – an Overview,’ Unknown journal.
- ‘Einstein’s Unified Field Theory,’Unknown journal.
- ‘General Relativistic Solutions to Einstein’s Field Equations,’ Unknown journal.
Science Magazine Publications:
- ”Stuck’ quantum matter waves prove theory,’ Cosmos Magazine, 7th October 2011.
- ‘Is the universe expanding asymmetrically?,’ Cosmos Magazine, 26th Sept 2011.
- ‘Dark matter signals detected?,’ Cosmos Magazine, 15th Sept 2011.
- ‘Undergrad student overcomes invisibility hurdle,’ Cosmos Magazine, 16th Aug 2011.
- ‘The Milky Way galaxy’s new shape,’ Cosmos Magazine, 19th July 2011.
- ‘Neptune’s day measured to the second,’ Cosmos Magazine, 4th July 2011.
Forthcoming Lectures & Presentations:
- A series of presentations are in progression for Newcastle Astronomical Society NSW at Newcastle University.
- ‘Cosmology and Relativity,’ NSW Astronomical Society – date to be announced.
Past Lectures & Presentations:
- ‘Particles and the Forces between Them‘ - 6th September 2013 – NAS: Newcastle University.’
- ‘Water in the Solar System.’ – 4th April 2013 – Sutherland Astronomical Society, Green Point Observatory.
- ‘Cosmology and the role of the General Theory of Relativity. – 5th October 2012 – NAS: Newcastle University.’
- ‘GAIA: the Dawn of High Precision Micro-Arcsecond Astrometry. - 6th July 2012 – NAS: Newcastle University.’
- ‘Cosmology and the role of the General Theory of Relativity. – 7th June 2012 – Sutherland Astronomical Society’
- ‘Water on the Moon. – 3rd Feb 2012 – Newcastle Astronomical Society: Newcastle University’
These are courses that I prepared and also present - started this part time tutoring job on the 30th April 2013 and still going.
The Introductory course is completed in a single term. Explore the history of Cosmology, starting with ancient Cosmologies and moving to the work of great minds, from Aristarchus, to Copernicus, to Newton and then Einstein, and current scientific theories of our universe. Let’s discover how humans’ perception of the universe have changed, and the current scientific theories that prevail. This is a theoretical exploratory that also includes quantum theory, the nature of light, relativity, unified theories and string theories – What does the future hold?
- ‘Our Universe‘ – Started 8th May 2013 – 8 week course at the Central Coast Community College, Uni campus in Ourimbah NSW.
The In Depth course, spans two terms. The course will investigate theories of the universe starting with Newton and then Exploring Einstein’s Special and General theories of Relativity; the concepts of space-time are explored, while introductory maths will describe the expanding and accelerating universe. We will also define the Robertson-Walker spacetime metric, and look at the scale factor and the horizon problem. Furthermore, gravitational lensing will be looked at in conjunction with Hubble photos. Additionally, various cosmological parameters will be investigated. The origin of Dark Matter and Dark Energy will also be analysed. This course will cover Modern Cosmology, providing a sound basis simply using year 11 maths. The pre-requisite for this course is, “Our Universe – An Introduction”.
- ‘Our Universe – In Depth – PART I’ - 8 week course at the Central Coast Community College.
- ‘Our Universe - In Depth – PART II‘ - 8 week course at the Central Coast Community College.
The area of interest is Special & General Relativity and its relationship with Cosmology. SN1a (supernovae 1a) and GRBs (gamma ray busters) are also of interest. I like Astronomy in general and also theoretical physics as well; the combination of these subjects takes up most of my academic study time. Special Relativity and unified theories, including string theory, are also on the list. I am a bit of an Einstein buff and also enjoy reading treatments of Einstein’s work.
Historically, most of my research has been in robotic bearings and their control systems as I work as computer scientist/consultant. However, these days more and more I am interested in Astrophysics and so the use of advanced telescopes is of great interest, such as TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope, when its built), VLT (Very Large Telescope) and also the SKA (Square Kilometer Array - still along way off), and also am fascinated by space based telescopes, such as: Planck, Hershel, Hubble & JWST (James Webb Space Telescope – when it is lauched in 2013).
My name is Estelle Asmodelle and I am a professional computer scientist and CEO of Ellenet Pty Ltd, a digital solutions provider in Sydney, Australia. www.ellenet.net. I was born 50 years to the day of the birth of Robert Oppenheimer, and 230 years to the day of the birth of Immanuel Kant. Its seems rather auspicious, considering my areas of interest.
In my early academic life I studied toward a B.Sc. (Physics), and then two years later transferred to a B.Math (Computing Science). It was in these early student days that my passion for relativity and cosmology was first sparked.
In the past I’ve also been a director of two other technology companies, in Australia and have been actively involved in research and development of innovative technologies as a designer and inventor. I’ve worked with computers most of my life and have designed automated systems and have published over a dozen patents and articles in technology publications in robotics and machine control systems. I have had dealing with many academics at various universities within Australia, in regards to the systems I’ve designed and continue to consult with professors in electrical and mechanical engineering and also some physics departments as well.
More recently, namely since 2008, I’ve returned to university and continued my passion for astronomy and cosmology and am working towards a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Astronomy with the University of Central Lancashire, UCLAN, in the UK.
I am active in writing about astrophysics and relativity, and am student member of the Institute of Physics (UK), and a student member of the Australasian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (Aust.).
Additionally, I‘ve written for Cosmos magazine (Australia) and also write feature articles for the Journal for the Institute of Science and Technology in the UK, about astrophysics and relativity.
In 2012 I started getting invitations by various astronomical groups to give presentations in areas of interest and these are continuing. There is a list of these presentations on this page for anyone interested in learning more about my activities. In the future I hope to have both power point and videos of those presentations available for interested people on this website as well.
Read the 2013 Women in Physics Article about me (page 5) – in this issue by the Institute of Physics (UK)