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Worlds Beyond: The Search for Life in the Universe
ASTR 109
Spring 2020
Section: 01  

We are living through a unique time with the recent discovery of other worlds, planets orbiting nearby stars, and the capability to obtain detailed observations of those planets in the coming decades. This makes tangible the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe, as the only known life-bearing planet. This introductory course for non-science majors will explore the fundamental concepts that are needed to place life into a cosmic context. We will discuss planetary systems near and far, stars as the integral hosts of planets, and prospects for finding and identifying life elsewhere in the universe. Occasional evening sessions will provide the opportunity to observe celestial objects through Wesleyan's telescopes.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM ASTR
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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