Alien Worlds: Search for Planets and Life outside our Solar System - Junior SPARK
This course is no longer being offered.
The discovery and characterization of planets orbiting the stars other than the Sun is one of the most active areas in the modern astronomy. The last two decades revolutionized our understanding of planets. Get involved in the hottest science! What observational techniques make the discoveries of the extrasolar planets possible? What are the properties of these planets? How many planets are there in our Galaxy? Are there planets like Earth? Could we determine whether exoplanets can host life? These and other issues related to exoplanet detection technique, search for biosignatures and habitable conditions on exoplanets, will be discussed.
By the end of this course, you will get basic knowledge of the processes leading to formation of stars and planets; learn what direct and indirect methods are used for the exoplanet search, what type of planets have been already discovered, and how these discoveries have changed our understanding of planets, habitable worlds, and the search for life in the Universe.
No prerequisites for this course. Everything you need to complete and understand the course will be presented to you.
*This Junior SPARK course is designed for students, 12 years and older, who are currently in the 6th and 7th grades (entering 7th and 8th grades Fall 2013). Older students are encouraged to register for our Senior SPARK courses.