NASC 92: Planets Near and Far

Contact details:

  • Instructor: Stephen Kane
  • Office: Pierce Hall 2360
  • Phone: 951-827-6593
  • Email: skane@ucr.edu

Class times:

  • Thursday, 10:00am-10:50am LSP 2550
  • Thursday, 11:00am-11:50am Science Lab 301

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Course Description:

    The past 20+ years has seen a rapid expansion of the subject of planets outside of our Solar System (exoplanets). The expansion is such that the number of known planets number in the thousands and include planets smaller than the Earth. This course will explore various topics in planetary science, including exoplanets and habitability. Topics will focus on career pathways, methods used, and future science opportunities.

Topics Covered:

  • Week 1 - Career Path
  • Week 2 - Astrobiology (Eddie Schwieterman)
  • Week 3 - Observatories
  • Week 4 - Reflected Light (Tara Fetherolf)
  • Week 5 - Solar System
  • Week 6 - History of Exoplanets
  • Week 7 - Venus
  • Week 8 - Planetary Habitability
  • Week 9 - Life in the Universe
  • Week 10 - Space Missions