Sugar in outer space!

Sugar in Outer Space

A Starry Night at ALMA courtesy of ESO

Forget about finding aliens, we found sugar in outer space! Specifically sugar molecules in the surrounding gas of a young star called IRAS 16293-2422. And where did they find it, but in the Ophiuchus constellation, also known as the 13th star sign.

The folks at I Love Chile have written a piece about the exciting discovery of one of the building blocks of life discovered by the astronomers at ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array.

 

Suger in outer space!

ANTOFAGASTA — Astronomers at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), probably the most state-of-the-art telescope system on earth located in the Atacama desert in northern Chile, made a discovery on Wednesday that is totally sweet.

Astronomers at ALMA announced that they had discovered sugar molecules, one of the building blocks of life, orbiting a young star very similar to our own sun.

“This is the first time sugar been found in space around such a star,” said representatives from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which administers the ALMA the project. See the rest of the article here

Here’s a short video showing the location.

What does this all mean? No clue. I think the whole big life outside of earth question can go two ways. Places habitable for us and/or places where others live. We are a long way off from either of these paths. Loving the journey though!

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