#SC-03-12 Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth
About CourseUniversity of Leeds
Discover the extraordinary world of atmospheric chemistry.
On this course you will learn about planetary atmospheres across our solar system and beyond. You will discover what an atmosphere is, how it’s formed, and how data collected from space missions is used to determine a planet’s atmosphere.
You’ll also look into the factors needed to support life, explore the possibility of life beyond Earth and start the search for habitable planets. You’ll understand how atmospheric chemistry is communicated in the media and get a flavour of one of the most fascinating subjects explored during an undergraduate degree in Chemistry.
What Will I Learn?
- Explore the diversity of planetary atmospheres across the solar system.
- Investigate what scientific data on the composition of planetary atmospheres can be gathered from Earth and from space probes.
- Reflect on the search for habitable planets.
- Assess how the science of planetary atmospheres is presented in the media.
Topics for this course
Atmospheres of planets in our solar system
How are atmospheres formed?00:02:12
Finding out more about planetary atmospheres00:00:57
Researching planets in our solar system
Planetary atmospheres in our solar system00:03:47
Active and Passive exploration missions
Gathering data from planets00:01:48
Cassini-Huygens Case Study
Cassini-Huygens case study00:01:22
Reflection on the end of the mission
Are you thinking of studying Chemistry?00:01:22
I have always enjoyed the knowledge of astronomy, and this course allowed me to understand how atmospheric chemistry is transmitted in the media, and to get a taste of one of the most fascinating topics to explore during my undergraduate degree in chemistry. It's really great.
The course led us to work together on the factors needed to support life, to explore the possibilities for life beyond Earth, and to begin the search for habitable planets. I learned a lot.
It's an amazing course to learn about what the atmosphere is, how it's formed, and how to use data collected from space missions to determine the atmosphere of a planet.
In this course, I learned about the solar system and the atmosphere of planets outside the solar system, and marveled at the vastness of the universe.