Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Get HideMyAss! VPN, PC Mag's Top 10 VPNs of 2016 for 55% off for a Limited Time ×
Space

Submission + - Ingredients For Life Found In Outer Space (blogspot.com) 1

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.

"

This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Ingredients For Life Found In Outer Space

Comments Filter:
  • 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?

As in certain cults it is possible to kill a process if you know its true name. -- Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie

Working...