[FPSPACE] Planet Formation and the Origin of Life

David R. Woods drwoods at stny.rr.com
Tue Feb 10 20:05:40 EST 2015

In order to understand the possible distribution of life in the Universe 
it is important to study planet formation and evolution. These processes 
are recorded in the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets, 
and in the geology of ancient planetary surfaces in our Solar System. 
Evidence can also be seen in the many examples of ongoing planet 
formation in nearby regions of our galaxy. In addition, the variety of 
observable extra-solar planetary systems provides insight into their 
origins and potential for life. This lecture discusses these ideas and 
summarize our current understanding of planet formation and the 
accompanying processes that may lead to the origin of life throughout 
the Universe.


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