Course Code: 1XEP06B19
Start Date: 06/01/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 6
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Exo planets are planets that orbit other stars, i.e. not our own Sun. About 4,000 exoplanets have been confirmed (6th March 2019). Exoplanets can be detected using several methods – the advantages and disadvantages of the methods will be explored. Many of the known exoplanets are unlike the planets in our solar system – the reasons for this will be discussed. As we learn more it is becoming clear that planet formation is not unusual. On the contrary, the way stars are thought to form makes the probability of planet formation quite likely – the reasons for this will be addressed. Finally the question of life elsewhere in our galaxy will be discussed.