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Cornell University    
  Feb 17, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ASTRO 3301 - [Exoplanets & Planetary Systems]

Spring. Next offered 2018-2019. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: PHYS 1112  or PHYS 1116  and PHYS 2213  or PHYS 2217 , MATH 1120 , MATH 1220  or MATH 1920  or permission of instructor.

L. Kaltenegger, J. Lunine.

Hundreds of planets around other stars have been discovered over the past two decades, and many more discoveries are sure to come.  How are these discoveries made and what are the properties of these exoplanets and their systems?  How exotic can we expect exoplanets to be?  Is our solar system a typical planetary system or something unusual? How common are planets like Earth?  How might we determine whether exoplanets can host life, or do host life?  These and other issues related to planetary formation and evolution will be discussed.

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