Organic Molecules Found in an Infant Star System

Image comparing size of Jupiter with that of Earth

Astronomers have detected a basic ingredient of life in an infant star system. The discovery shows that Earth is not the only star system that contains life compounds.

Researchers used Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) of European Southern Observatory for this purpose. They designed a video tour of the star to display their discovery.

The star, dubbed as MWC 480, is located around 455 light years away from the Earth. It is present in the constellation of Taurus. The size of MWC 480 is nearly double the size of sun. Even sun cannot compete with its high radiance.

The gas cloud of the star contains several molecules of carbon and methyl cyanide. Cynaides is quite essential as it contain carbon-nitrogen bond that are essential for the formation of amino acids. This is the first time when scientists have discovered such compounds in dust clouds of any star. .  It confirms that numerous other Earth-like planets contain complex molecules. The molecules are the basic requirement of living organisms.

Karin Oberg, a researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, talked about the findings. He informs that the heavy organic compound is an evidence of cometary composition.

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