Anthracene & Pyrene In Space

Posted by
DA Morgan on Jan 10, 2004 at 08:39

The most complex molecules yet found in space have shown astronomers how such organic matter is created. The evidence points to a rare type of star as the origin for life's building blocks.

Two hydrocarbon molecules called anthracene and pyrene occur in a nebula called the Red Rectangle, 1000 light years from Earth, according to results presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

There is evidence that huge quantities of PAHs exist in deep space, from the infrared light they emit, and amino acids have been found in meteorites landing on Earth. Organic molecules like these must have rained down on the early Earth, and may have helped life to begin.

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So there you have it folks. Another building block clearly pointing to the natural, no intervention from an invisible purple rhinoceros required, origin of life on our planet.

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