Summary: ASTR 3300 / GEOL 3300: EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
TIME & PLACE: Tuesday / Thursday 2:00 3:15pm Duane G125
INSTRUCTOR: Phil Armitage
TA: Emily Knowles
OFFICE: JILA tower A909, phone 303 492 7836. My mailbox is on the 2nd
the JILA tower, at the JILA reception.
AIMS OF THE COURSE: We do not know whether life be it relatively simple
microbes or the aliens of science fiction exists elsewhere in the Universe. This class is
an introduction to the rapidly developing discipline of astrobiology the scientific study
of the possibility of extraterrestrial life. During the semester, we will study a diverse
range of scientific problems that, taken together, aim to address the question: is there life
on other planets and, if so, how might we find evidence for its existence? In pursuit of
this question we will study:
The basic features of life on Earth, and speculations as to how life arose.
How planets form, how planets can be detected around other stars, and the
conditions for planets to be hospitable to life.
The possibility of life elsewhere in the Solar System, particularly on Mars.