Aug 30 2012

Our ‘sweet’ space!

What a sweet discovery! We humans found sugar molecules floating in the warm gas swaddling a young star called IRAS 16293-2422. Let’s give the young star a sweet name. Carbon (gray), oxygen (red), and hydrogen (white) or carbohydrate or glycoaldehyde or sugar molecules are seen in our sweet space. The young star is about 400 light-years away. We can’t go there right now. But we can think about probability of life on other planets. Glycoaldehyde plays a vital role in the chemical reaction that forms RNA (ribonucleic acid), a crucial biomolecule. Biomolecules form the bodies of all living beings.

We are probably not alone in the universe. Let’s welcome our sweet neighbors.


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  1. 1
    Kevin Alexander

    Nectar of the gods?

  2. 2
    The Lorax

    Brilliant, but I won’t be satisfied until we locate and confirm a Chocolate Nebula.

    Then I’m outta here. Like, gone.

  3. 3

    This is just amazing! Thank you for sharing it, Taslima.

  4. 4
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Stop by some other clouds and look for our drunk neighbors. Plenty of ethanol and other alcohols out there.

    And ribose (and deoxyribose) are sugars, too.

  5. 5
    Pierce R. Butler

    Astronomers: keep your eyes on IRAS 16293-2422, and soon you’ll be able to tell us about the inevitable space ants!

  6. 6
    Birger Johansson

    The concept of self-aware alien life creates lots of trouble for those who want to retain the frame of an anthropocentric religion (which 100% of religions are).

  7. 7
    tony goddard

    Vast clouds of Cyanide have also been detected in space. Probably remnants of civilisations that carried unsustainable industrialisation programmes.

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