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Adam Korbitz
Adam Korbitz writes "A team of researchers led by Spanish scientists has published their discovery of the complex molecule naphthalene in an interstellar star-forming cloud, indicating many prebiotic organic molecules necessary for life as we know it could have been present when our own solar system formed.

According to the new research — published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters — the naphthalene molecules were discovered 700 light-years from Earth in a star-forming region of the constellation Perseus, in the direction of the star Cernis 52.

When napthalene is mixed with water and ammonium — both also common in the interstellar medium — and subjected to ultraviolet light, these molecules react to form a variety of compounds essential to the development of life as we know it on Earth, including amino acids and several precursor molecules to vitamins.

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Ingredients For Life Found In Outer Space

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  • If a solid body were to pass through the cloud such as a ice ball or other solid material, you'd have a recipe for a life encouraging object. Just curious if this is where all the meteors get their chemical precursors?

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