Professor Laird Close, Ph.D.

Professor Laird Close
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Arizona
We are wonderers and explorers by nature—and we are just starting to set our sights on the stars, setting the stage for mankind’s biggest adventure yet!

Dr. Laird Close is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Arizona. Awarded a Canadian (study abroad) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council scholarship while attending The University of British Columbia, he then earned his Ph.D. in Adaptive Optics from the renowned University of Arizona Astronomy Department where he now teaches. Professor Close has been highlighted as an outstanding professor and mentor by his university, and in 2004, he was honored with a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which is awarded to the top few percent of young science professors in America. He has also won major awards from the NSF's Major Research Instrumentation, Advanced Technologies, and Instrumentations program, and its Astronomy and Astrophysics program. Dr. Close has additionally won support from numerous NASA Origins of Solar Systems grants and is a member of NASA's astrobiology institute. While a researcher at the University of Hawaii, he discovered the first moon around an asteroid with a full orbit. Serving as Deputy Director for Adaptive Optics at the European Southern Observatory in 1998, he was the first instrument scientist for the most successful adaptive optics camera in the Southern Hemisphere. As a leader in brown dwarf and extrasolar planet high-contrast imaging astrophysics, he has invented and helped develop several cameras for the world's largest telescopes. Professor Close is the principal scientist of the 6.5m Magellan Adaptive Optics extrasolar planet imager, located in the high Atacama Desert of Chile.

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  1. Life in Our Universe Sale

    Life in Our Universe

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    Are we alone in the universe? Or does the cosmos pulse with diverse life forms? Life in Our Universe reveals the cutting-edge research leading scientists to believe that life is not exclusively the domain of Earth. Taught by Dr. Laird Close, an award-winning Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Arizona, these 24 stunningly visual lectures offer an unparalleled look at the most intriguing...
  2. (Set) Life in Our Universe & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set on sale

    (Set) Life in Our Universe & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    With this visually rich course set that introduces you to recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the cosmos, you'll see that there's never been a better time to study the universe. In Life in Our Universe, you'll explore the cutting-edge research leading scientists to believe that life is not exclusively the domain of Earth. And in Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, you'll discover a wealth of...
  3. (Set) Life in Our Universe & Our Night Sky  Set on sale

    (Set) Life in Our Universe & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Learn how to gaze knowledgeably at the stars above your head, and contemplate whether there are Earth-like planets around stars outside of our solar system that can support life, in this pair of visually stunning courses. In Life in Our Universe, you're introduced to the new field of astrobiology as you examine the remarkable coincidences that created our planet and sustained its habitability for 3.5 billion years,...
  4. (Set) Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe & Life in Our Universe  Set on sale

    (Set) Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe & Life in Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Embark on a thrilling visual journey to see cosmic phenomena that represent many of the greatest discoveries in astronomy during the last two decades. First, in Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, you'll be treated to landmark images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope that reveal the fundamental concepts and recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the cosmos. Next, in Life...
  5. (Set)  Life in Our Universe & The Inexplicable Universe Set on sale

    (Set) Life in Our Universe & The Inexplicable Universe

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  6. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of the Universe Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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  7. (Set) Life in Our Universe & Black Holes Explained  Set on sale

    (Set) Life in Our Universe & Black Holes Explained

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  8. (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Life in Our Universe Set on sale

    (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Life in Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Explore our universe and the life within it with this two-course set. In A Visual Guide to the Universe, witness the many amazing photos captured by Hubble, SDO, and other instruments in space. Then, in Life in Our Universe, ponder the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in our universe.