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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.425 (Fall 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Extrasolar Planets: Physics and Detection Techniques 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Sara Seager 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 12.425 Extrasolar Planets: Physics and Detection Techniques



    Fall 2007




    Course Highlights




    12.425 Extrasolar Planets: Physics and Detection Techniques



    Fall 2007


    5 Earth mass exoplanet Gliese 581 c.
    Artist's conception of the 5 Earth mass exoplanet Gliese 581 c. Gliese 581 c is one of the lowest-mass exoplanets known. This planet orbits a red dwarf star, just inside the star's habitable zone. The star and planet are 20.5 light years from Earth. (Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.)


    Course Description


    This course covers the basic principles of planet atmospheres and interiors applied to the study of extrasolar planets (exoplanets). We focus on fundamental physical processes related to observable exoplanet properties. We also provide a quantitative overview of detection techniques and an introduction to the feasibility of the search for Earth-like planets, biosignatures and habitable conditions on exoplanets.
     

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