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Podcast Profile: Astronomy 141 - Life in the Universe - Autumn Quarter 2009

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47 episodes
2009
Median: 46 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Astronomy 141, Life in the Universe, is a one-quarter introduction to
Astrobiology for non-science majors taught at The Ohio State University.
This podcast presents audio recordings of Professor Richard Pogge's
lectures from his Autumn Quarter 2009 class. All of the lectures were
recorded live in 1005 Smith Laboratory on the OSU Main Campus in Columbus,
Ohio.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Historical scientific revolutions • Life origins and extraterrestrial possibilities • Planetary habitability • Stellar phenomena • Solar System exploration • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence • Evolutionary biology and chemistry of life

This podcast, "Astronomy 141 - Life in the Universe - Autumn Quarter 2009," offers an extensive introduction to the field of Astrobiology, tailored for non-science majors at The Ohio State University. Presented by Professor Richard Pogge, it provides a thorough exploration of the scientific inquiry into the existence of life beyond Earth through recorded lectures delivered during the Autumn Quarter of 2009.

The content spans a wide range of themes and topics, beginning with foundational concepts in astronomy and related sciences. Episodes cover basic astronomical measurements and units, the Copernican and chemical revolutions, geological and biological insights, and significant scientific principles that have shaped our understanding of both the Earth and the broader cosmos.

In addition to the scientific groundwork, the podcast delves into the history and implications of these discoveries. It examines cultural imaginings of other worlds, the historical evolution of scientific thought, and the various revolutions in thinking that have underpinned modern astrobiology. The narrative transitions into more specific topics, such as the geological history of Earth, climate changes, the criteria for life, and the cellular and chemical foundations of living organisms.

The course then broadens its scope to the solar system and beyond, discussing the habitability of planets and moons within our solar system, the particular conditions on Mars, the potential for life on the Galilean moons of Jupiter, and the remarkable properties of Saturn’s moons, especially Enceladus and Titan. The detailed examination of planetary characteristics draws comparisons between Earth, Venus, and Mars, emphasizing the unique conditions that allow life to thrive on Earth.

Further episodes discuss the properties, life cycles, and habitability zones of stars, the search for exoplanets, and the prospects of finding Earth-like planets. The series culminates in discussions on the Drake Equation, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), interstellar travel, and the Fermi Paradox. The final episodes reflect on the future of life in the solar system and the universe, offering a contemplative conclusion on the vast and complex topic of life beyond Earth.


Episodes:
Welcome to Astronomy 141
2009-Sep-23

Lecture 1: Introduction
2009-Sep-23
19 minutes
Lecture 2: Astronomical Numbers
2009-Sep-24
43 minutes
Lecture 3: Imagining Other Worlds
2009-Sep-25
40 minutes
Lecture 4: The Copernican Revolution
2009-Sep-28
43 minutes
Lecture 5: The Chemical Revolution and the Nature of Matter
2009-Sep-29
45 minutes
Lecture 6: The Geological Revolution - Deep Time and the Age of the Earth
2009-Sep-30
46 minutes
Lecture 7: The Biological Revolution - What is Life?
2009-Oct-01
44 minutes
Lecture 8: The Cosmological Revolution - The Depths of Space and Time
2009-Oct-02
46 minutes
Lecture 9: Inside the Earth
2009-Oct-05
42 minutes
Lecture 10: The Earth's Atmosphere Erratum
2009-Oct-06
1 minute
Lecture 11: The History of the Earth
2009-Oct-07
42 minutes
Lecture 12: Climate Regulation and Climate Change
2009-Oct-08
45 minutes
Lecture 13: What is Life?
2009-Oct-12
46 minutes
Lecture 14: Cells
2009-Oct-13
45 minutes
Lecture 15: The Chemistry of Life
2009-Oct-14
45 minutes
Lecture 16: DNA and Heredity
2009-Oct-15
46 minutes
Lecture 17: Life on the Edge
2009-Oct-16
46 minutes
Lecture 18: The First Living Things on Earth
2009-Oct-19
46 minutes
Lecture 19: The Origin of Life on Earth
2009-Oct-20
46 minutes
Lecture 20: The History of Life on Earth
2009-Oct-21
47 minutes
Lecture 21: Impacts and Extinction
2009-Oct-22
46 minutes
Lecture 22: The Family of the Sun
2009-Oct-26
46 minutes
Lecture 23: Terrestrial Worlds in Comparison
2009-Oct-27
46 minutes
Lecture 24: The Jovian Planets
2009-Oct-28
47 minutes
Lecture 25: The Requirements for Life in the Solar System
2009-Oct-29
47 minutes
Lecture 26: The Deserts of Mars
2009-Oct-30
47 minutes
Lecture 27: Is There Life on Mars?
2009-Nov-02
47 minutes
Lecture 28: The Galilean Moons of Jupiter
2009-Nov-03
44 minutes
Lecture 29: The Children of Saturn
2009-Nov-04
46 minutes
Lecture 30: Goldilocks and the Three Planets
2009-Nov-05
46 minutes
Lecture 31: The Properties of Stars
2009-Nov-09
46 minutes
Lecture 32: The Lives of Stars
2009-Nov-10
46 minutes
Lecture 33: The Deaths of Stars
2009-Nov-12
47 minutes
Lecture 34: Habitable Zones around Stars
2009-Nov-13
47 minutes
Lecture 35: The Solar Neighborhood
2009-Nov-16
46 minutes
Lecture 36: Exoplanets - Planets Around Other Stars
2009-Nov-17
47 minutes
Lecture 37: Strange New Worlds
2009-Nov-18
46 minutes
Lecture 38: The Pale Blue Dot - Seeking Other Earths
2009-Nov-19
44 minutes
Lecture 39: The Drake Equation
2009-Nov-23
45 minutes
Lecture 40: SETI - The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
2009-Nov-24
46 minutes
Lecture 41: Interstellar Travel and Colonization
2009-Nov-25
45 minutes
Lecture 42: The Fermi Paradox
2009-Nov-30
44 minutes
Lecture 43: Extraterrestrial Life
2009-Dec-01
45 minutes
Lecture 44: The Future of Life in the Solar System
2009-Dec-02
55 minutes
Lecture 45: The Future of Life in the Universe
2009-Dec-03
44 minutes
Lecture 46: This View of Life (Course Finale)
2009-Dec-04
41 minutes