What is the course about?
This lecture, aimed at a non-specialist audience, addresses one of the biggest questions in planetary science: is there other life in the universe? How unique is our planet and how likely is complex life to exist elsewhere? Professor Crawford reviews past research and arguments and offers updates on current knowledge and ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a general interest lecture with no prerequisites.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
An illustrated lecture followed by questions and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS005 A gentle introduction to astronomy
HS213 Astronomy: current developments and suggestions for clear nights
HS001 Astronomy at the UCL observatory
HS022 Astronomy for fun
HS132 Science guest lecture: Professor Raman Prinja: The stellar story, from dusty birth to explosive death
HS135 Astronomy in focus: our connections to the Cosmos.