The course will be divided into 4 two- or thre-week long units exploring specific concepts in depth.
Weeks 1, 2, and 3: Where is the water on Mars? We'll explore geology, atmospheric science, geochemistry, and interior physics to track water through time and figure out where and when it might have been on the surface.
Weeks 4 and 5: What is inside of a giant planet? We'll figure out all of the indirect methods scientists have used to learn about the interior of Jupiter and other giant planets, from understanding the formation of the solar system, experimenting with high pressure physics, calculating atmospheric structures, to exploring other giant planets here and outside the solar system.
Weeks 6 and 7: How can we use the smallest bodies in the solar system to answer the biggest question? We'll learn about the populations of small bodies in the solar system, from the asteroids to the tiny satellites, to the distant Kuiper belt, and how we have been using these objects to determine how the solar system was formed, how it has rearranged since then, and how changes are continuing to happen.
Weeks 8 and 9: Where might we look for life in and beyond the solar system? We'll explore life in extreme environments on the Earth and then consider the habitability of places like Mars, Europa, Enceladus, and Titan before broadly considering habitability in the galactic environment.
Week 9: Final exam
- Mike Brown - Planetary Astronomy
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