Friday, May 30, 2008

the soup of life in a galaxy

Arecibo telescope finds critical ingredients for the soup of life in a galaxy far, far away.

Astronomers from Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, have detected for the first time the molecules methanimine and hydrogen cyanide -- two ingredients that build life-forming amino acids -- in a galaxy some 250 million light years away.

When combined with water, the molecules form glycene, the simplest amino acid and a building block of life on Earth.

The Arecibo astronomers focused on the distant galaxy Arp 220, an ultra-luminous starburst galaxy, because it forms new stars at a very high rate. They used the 305-meter, or 1,000-foot diameter, Arecibo radio telescope, the world's largest and most sensitive, to observe the galaxy at different frequencies. The observations, made in April 2007, were the first use of the 800 megahertz wide-band mode of the telescope's main spectrometer.

It’s just simple to think that we are not alone in this vast universe. Of course there are lot other life organism is exist some where in universe. There are all philosophical, biological and all scientific reasons for possibilities of existence of other life in universe. Very simple to accept this then as we always assume it with lot fantasy and imagination, though these are very creative and fascinating.

And gesture toward outward life organism already achieved by human that’s also friendly and not as an invader but of course high level curiosity, urge for knowledge, habit of exploration are present there as prime characteristics or will of human.

1 Earthling’s comments:

Renegade Eye said...

That is really interesting. I even marvel that a telescope can recognize elements.

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