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An Introduction to Astrobiology

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2+2-stündig Mo 14:00 c.t., Seminarraum H 537
Schellingstr. 4
Montag 2. Mai 2011
17212/17213, P4/5.0.29, P4.0.5
6 ECTS-Punkte (mit der Ergänzung P4S/5.0.30)

Markus Kissler-Patig
Email: mkissler@eso.org


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Background / Material

Formal links: Formal announcement - LMU Vorlesungsverzeichnis (pdf) - LMU/USM Lehrveranstaltungen

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.

Textbooks

The recommended textbook is:

Supporting books
  • 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

Lectures

May 2, 2011 Admin / History of Astrobiology / What is life? / Basics
May 9, 2011 Origin of Life / Evolution of Life
May 16, 2011 Limits of life / Extremophiles / Hydrothermal Vents
May 23, 2011 Early Earth / Faint young sun / Earth climate history
May 30, 2011 Habitable zones / The limits of climate / Planet atmospheres
June 6, 2011 Giant and terrestrial planet / Solar System formation
June 13+20, 2011 No Lecture
June 27, 2011 Mars - Europa - Enceladus - Titan
July 4, 2011 No Lecture
July 11, 2011 Exoplanet detection and characterisation
July 18, 2011 How to find life on Exoplanets
July 25, 2011 Extraterrestrial intelligence





Last update, 11 May 2011