Spring 2013 Teaching:
ASTR 2040 "Life in the Universe"
(previously listed as
introduces students to the new subject of "astrobiology".
Is life on Earth unique? Or is the cosmos teaming with life.
If the latter, what kind of life? Bacteria, advanced civilizations, or something in-between?
What is the cosmic context of life? How did the Earth and Sun form and evolve?
How did life originate on Earth? How do we search for planets around other stars?
How can we detect life on distant planets?
What are the possibilities and physical contraints on future space travel?
100. Meets MWF 11:00 - 11:50 AM.
Office hours: Monday 2:00 - 3:30 PM, Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 PM, by appointment.
Course Materials (lectures, homework, solutions)
Research and Outreach:
The insterstellar medium, star formation, feedback and the self-regulation of star formation.
Formation of clusters and massive stars. Protostellar outflows and jets.
Molecular Clouds. Astrobiology. Black-holes and cosmology.
Observations from visual to radio wavelengths. Instrumentation. Major recent projects
Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey
Herschel Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL).
Current senior graduate students:
, and Allision Youngblood
I give popular talks on astronomy and comsmology to the general public and
amateur astronomy groups. Bo Reipurth and I have written a popular
The Birth of Stars and Planets
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24-Aug-2011 5:50 PM MDT