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School of Physics PHYS1160 Introduction to Astronomy and the Search for Life Elsewhere
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2 PHYS1160 — Modules Module 1 — Introduction Lecture 1 — Introduction to Astronomy The components of the universe (stars, planets and galaxies), the scale of the universe, a brief historical guide to the study of astronomy. Lecture 2 — Introduction to Astrobiology Why life might be common, or might be rare. The science of astrobiology. Where and how can we search for life in the universe? Lecture 3 — Key Concepts Gravity, orbits and Kepler’s laws. Atoms and nuclei. Light and other electromagnetic waves. Spectra and the Doppler shift. Lecture 4 — Techniques of Astronomy Telescopes and instruments for different wavelength regions. Observing methods. Effect of the atmosphere. Observations from space. Module 2 — The Solar System Lecture 5 — The Solar System Introduction to the solar system. Terrestrial and giant planets, satellites, dwarf planets., small solar system bodies. The formation of the solar system. Lecture 6 — The Earth – Evolution of a habitable planet Formation of the Earth and Moon. Age of the Earth. The heavy bombardment. Plate tectonics. Formation of oceans and continents. Evolution of the atmosphere. The faint-young Sun paradox and its
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