Are We Alone in the Universe?

LYOFN02 (Available for all periods: 15:30 – 16:50, 29 June – 10 July, 13 – 24 July 2020)

Yuki Kaneko

Have you ever wondered if we are the only intelligent beings in the Solar system or in this entire Universe? This course explores some of the factors that we need to consider in order to answer this question from interdisciplinary scientific point of view, including astronomical observations, modeling, electromagnetic radiation and spectrum, and extrasolar planetary systems. We will also discuss the importance of 2019 Nobel prize in Physics and the current advances in searching for Earth-like planets with signatures of life.