Friday, March 1, 2013

Prebiotic Molecules in Space (Picture of the Day: 3/1/13)

Gas clouds like this one in the constellation Orion could hold the beginnings of life. Source

New research has surfaced showing evidence of prebiotic molecules floating about in interstellar space. A team of researchers and students used the Green Bank Telescope to survey the radio emissions from a gas cloud floating 25,000 light years away. They found the characteristic emissions of both cyanomethanimine and ethanamine, two molecules that are a part of the formation of certain parts of DNA, pre-prebiotic molecules, if you will.

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