An Introduction to Astrobiology

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Mo-Fr 9:15-11:30; 21.7.-1.8.2014
Seminarraum H 537 - Schellingstr. 4
Montag 21.7.2014
17171, P4/5.0.29
3 ECTS-Punkte

Markus Kissler-Patig

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The lecture aims at introducing the broad field of Astrobiology. In the first part, it will cover pre-biotic chemistry and the origins of life, will look at Earth as a habitable planet and follow the development of its atmosphere and of primitive and more complex life on Earth. The lecture will also explore our Solar system and look at the possibilities of life on Mars, on Titan and icy bodies in the solar system. In the second part, it will review our current knowledge on exo-planets, their properties and their atmospheres. It will look into how to find life on exo-planets and will finish with some thoughts on extra-terrestrial intelligence.


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Monday, July 21Admin / History of Astrobiology / What is life? / Basics
Tuesday, July 22Origin of Life / Evolution of Life
Wednesday, July 23Limits of life / Extremophiles / Hydrothermal Vents
Thursday, July 24Early Earth / Faint young sun / Earth climate history
Friday, July 25Habitable places / The limits of climate / Planet atmospheres
Monday, July 28Giant and terrestrial planet / Solar System formation
Tuesday, July 29Mars - Europa - Enceladus - Titan
Wednesday, July 30The Habitable Zone / Exoplanet detection
Thursday, July 31Exoplanet properties / How to find life on Exoplanets / Biosignature
Friday, August 1Alien Biochemistry / Extraterrestrial intelligence

Last update, 30 May 2014