An Introduction to Astrobiology
Vorlesung: Mo 14:00 c.t.
Übung: Mo. 16:00 c.t.
Seminarraum H 537 - Schellingstr. 4
Montag 23. April 2012
17212/17213, P4/5.0.29, P4.0.5
(Vorlesung + Ergänzung P4S/5.0.30)
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Background / Material
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.
The exercises will also be conducted as one or more short field trips.
The recommended textbook is:
- Planets and Life: The Emerging Science of Astrobiology - W.T.Sullivan & J.Baross - Cambridge University Press
Link to the book at Amazon.de (used ~30€, new ~60€)
- An Introduction to Astrobiology - I.Gilmour, M.A. Sephton - Cambridge University Press
- Complete Course in Astrobiology - G.Horneck & P.Rettberg - Wiley-VCH
- Astrochemistry: From Astronomy to Astrobiology - A.M.Shaw - Wiley
- Life Everywhere: the Maverick Science of Astrobiology - D.Darling - Basic Books
- Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology - C.A.Scharf - University Science Books
The lectures will start in the second week of the Semester: April 23, 2012.
|April 23, 2012 ||Admin / History of Astrobiology / What is life? / Basics |
|April 30, 2012 ||Origin of Life / Evolution of Life |
|May 7, 2012 ||No Lecture |
|May 14, 2012 ||Limits of life / Extremophiles / Hydrothermal Vents |
|May 21, 2012 ||Early Earth / Faint young sun / Earth climate history |
|May 28, 2012 ||No Lecture - Pfingsten/Pentecost|
|June 4, 2012 ||Habitable zones / The limits of climate / Planet atmospheres |
|June 11, 2012 ||Giant and terrestrial planet / Solar System formation |
|June 18, 2012 ||Mars - Europa - Enceladus - Titan |
|June 25, 2012 ||Exoplanet detection and characterisation |
|July 2, 2012 ||How to find life on Exoplanets |
|July 9, 2012 ||Extraterrestrial intelligence |
The formation of the moon.