Scientists Found the Building Blocks For Life Around a Young Star

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Is there life around other planets in our galaxy? We may never know the answer to that question, but we're one step closer to at least finding out more. Life may or may not be out there, but the building blocks of life definitely are according to new research from the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taiwan.

The researchers used the ALMA radio telescope in Chile to examine a young solar system in our own galaxy. This solar system hasn't even formed planets yet; all the material in the system is concentrated in what's known as an 'accretion disk.' Millions of years from now, that accretion disk will form planets, moons, asteroids, and comets.

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The ASIAA scientists looked at that accretion disk with the ALMA radio telescope and spotted signs that the system already has complex organic molecules. These molecules include methanol and formamide, which are important building blocks for life.

This discovery is evidence that there may be life around other stars in our galaxy. If complex organic molecules like these can form so early in a star's lifespan, it might mean that others, like amino acids, complex proteins, or even DNA can form too.



It also gives us more information about our own solar system's formation. If these molecules are present in some distant baby solar system, they were probably present when our solar system was forming too. Finding these types of molecules gives us clues to how life developed here.

Finally, this research demonstrates how to find organic molecules around other star systems. Astronomers can look at more young stars to see if they can spot even more organic molecules, and possibly the first hints of life outside our solar system.

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Unknown said...

um... that image looks a lot like a black hole? i hope you were using that as an example... and that is not what the the new star system actually looks like?