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Victoria S Meadows
ASTR 160
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Exoplanets

Introduction to exoplanets. Explores how studies of extrasolar planets have changed our views of how planets and planetary systems form and evolve. Examines the science behind the search for Earth-like planets and life beyond our Solar System. May not earn credit if credit earned in ASTR 419. Recommended: one 100- or 200-level astronomy course.

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For thousands of years, humanity has pondered the possible existence of planets and life beyond our own Solar System. Yet is has only been the last decade that we been able to find evidence that extrasolar planets, planets found around stars other than our Sun, do exist. This course will cover how we look for and find extrasolar planets, what we've learned about the extrasolar planets discovered to date, and how studies of extrasolar planets have changed our views of how planets and planetary systems form and evolve. This course will also focus on the science behind the planned searches for Earth-like planets and life beyond our Solar System.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Victoria S Meadows
Date: 03/29/2014