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ASTR 1010.1(2) - Life in the Universe


The possibility that life might exist elsewhere in our universe has fascinated human beings ever since our ancestors first gazed into the starry skies. Could life also have arisen on other worlds, or is the Earth unique? Are there other intelligent civilizations in the cosmos with which we might someday make contact? In this course the question of extraterrestrial life is considered from astronomical, biological and sociological perspectives. Topics discussed include planets, stars and galaxies, our place in the universe, the origin and evolution of life on Earth, searches for extraterrestrial life, the Anthropic Principle, UFOs, and more. 

Prerequisite: None
Life in the Universe 
Bennett, Shostak and Jakosky

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Delivery Mode: Class study online with weekly deadlines
Credits: 3 Credit hours
Faculty: Sciences
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