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.


  1. The Lorax says

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

    Then I’m outta here. Like, gone.

  2. F says

    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.

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

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

  4. Birger Johansson says

    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).

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