Since the dawn of time, humans have looked to the skies and wondered if we are alone in the universe. Astrobiology is an emerging discipline that draws on the powerful tools of astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry and geology to shed light on this question. Astrobiologists seek to identify conditions necessary for life and determine where in the universe those conditions are likely to arise. The overarching goal is to discover whether our small blue planet and the life it supports are common, rare or perhaps even unique in our galaxy and in the larger universe.

Join astrophysicist Christopher Johns-Krull, Ph.D., to learn about the birth and death of stars; the formation of planets; the evolution of life on Earth and the conditions that appear necessary for this process; the locations scientists think are most promising for extraterrestrial life; and the experimental techniques used to search for life on other planets.

+ Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University


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Section Title
Astrobiology and the Quest for Life in the Universe
Online, fixed date
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Sep 30, 2020 to Nov 04, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Synchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
* non-credit $210.00
Section Notes

This course will be held online in a synchronous format.  Access information will be sent prior to the course start date.

Refund Policy
A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.