The shocking discovery in the constellation Taurus once again supports the hypothesis that life on Earth – including us humans – could originate from extraterrestrial worlds.
According to Sci-Newsa group of scientists used the 40m radio telescope at the Yebes Observatory – Spain to discover two new complex molecules, butadiynethionyl (HCCCCS) and ethynylbutatrienyliden (HCCCHCCC)towards Taurus Molecular Cloud 1 (Taurus 1 or TMC-1).
This molecular cloud is a starless cloud core located about 440 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus, which is part of the larger Taurus molecular cloud.
Structure of two organic molecules (box) and molecular cloud Taurus 1
Structure of two organic molecules (small image) and the Taurus 1 molecular cloud – (Photo: NASA/INSTITUTE OF BASIC PHYSICS)
“The number of molecules detected in the dark, cold TMC-1 cloud – both with the 40 m radio telescope and the 100 m radio telescope (USA) – demonstrates its enormous importance in providing a complete understanding of the chemistry of interstellar medium” – said Dr. Raúl Fuentetaja and his colleagues from the Institute of Fundamental Physics of Spain.
In their new study, Dr. Fuentetaja and his co-authors observed TMC-1 core in the radio frequency range 31.1-50.2 GHz. Observations were made in the context of QUIJOTE investigationwith a 40 m telescope.
The data comes from several observations carried out from December 2019 to May 2022, corresponding to 546 hours of observations which revealed two new organic molecules, butadiynethionyl and ethynylbutatrienyliden. One of these molecules, butadiynethionyl, contains sulfur.
The authors studied the formation of these two molecules using chemical modeling calculations and determined for us some of what would later be incorporated into stars and planetary systems.
Interstellar organic molecules have long been considered by scientists “seed of life”. According to a very reliable hypothesis on the origin of all species, certain meteorites and comets would have brought these seeds to the primitive Earth, thus combining with existing elements on the planet to give rise to molecules which belonged to the first living organism.
The discovery has just been reported in an article published in a scientific journal Astronomy and astrophysics.
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The shocking discovery in the constellation Taurus once again supports the hypothesis that life on Earth – including us humans – could originate from the outside world…