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Life-Enabling Molecules Spotted in Orion Nebula
Space.com ^ | 3/12/10 | sp

Posted on 03/12/2010 12:23:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge

The chemical fingerprints of potentially life-building molecules have been detected in the Orion nebula by Europe's Herschel Space Observatory.

The Orion nebula is a nearby stellar nursery, brimming with gas, dust and infant stars. It is known to be one of the most prolific chemical factories in space, although the full extent of its chemistry and the pathways for molecule formation are not well understood.

Researchers have used one of Herschel's instruments, which looks at the cosmos in the far infrared wavelengths of light, to provide more insight into how organic molecules form in space.

By sifting through the pattern of spikes in Orion nebula's light signature, or spectrum, astronomers have identified a few common molecules that are precursors to life-enabling molecules, including water, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, methanol, dimethyl ether, hydrogen cyanide, sulfur oxide and sulfur dioxide. Each spike in the spectrum corresponds to a particular molecule.

"This HIFI spectrum, and the many more to come, will provide a virtual treasure trove of information regarding the overall chemical inventory and on how organics form in a region of active star formation. It harbors the promise of a deep understanding of the chemistry of space once we have the full spectral surveys available," said Edwin Bergin of the University of Michigan and the principal investigator of the HEXOS Key Program on Herschel.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lifeenabling; molecules; originsofman; orionnebula; religion; scientology; spotted
Theories exist that past civilizations on earth have links to Orion.
1 posted on 03/12/2010 12:23:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Data, called a spectrum, showing water and organics in the Orion nebula. The data were taken by the heterodyne instrument for the far infrared, or HIFI, onboard the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency-led mission with important participation from NASA. Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech


2 posted on 03/12/2010 12:25:10 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: All
Read the tagline..
3 posted on 03/12/2010 12:25:41 PM PST by Ferris (Man will come to learn that galaxies are consciousness factories)
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To: NormsRevenge

If those same chemicals were found in the atmosphere of earth, they’d be pollutants................


4 posted on 03/12/2010 12:26:30 PM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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Herschel Astronomers’ website
http://herschel.esac.esa.int/


5 posted on 03/12/2010 12:26:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
It is known to be one of the most prolific chemical factories in space...

AHA!

So it's the Orion NEBULA that's causing global warming.

6 posted on 03/12/2010 12:26:50 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: NormsRevenge
Theories exist that past civilizations on earth have links to Orion.

L. Ron Hubbard fan, are we?............

7 posted on 03/12/2010 12:27:35 PM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I saw them last year but I was too lazy to report it.


8 posted on 03/12/2010 12:27:35 PM PST by Pajama Blogger
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To: Red Badger

Strange note, eh?

I guess it depends on what spiral arm of the galaxy ya come from or sumthin’. ;-)


9 posted on 03/12/2010 12:27:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Theories exist that past civilizations on earth have links to Orion.”

No way. Life, however, is very, very common in the universe.


10 posted on 03/12/2010 12:27:39 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Pajama Blogger

slacker! :-]

the more cheese, the chewier the forum..


11 posted on 03/12/2010 12:28:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

12 posted on 03/12/2010 12:28:47 PM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

I don’t know. Why not?

Distance to an advanced race of critters would seem surmountable if they had some luck and avoided cosmic sinkholes along the way.. and look how many books are out there about our connections to ancients and star travelers and such.


13 posted on 03/12/2010 12:31:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Red Badger

Decent enough book. Horrible movie.

I read it when I had no idea who L Ron Hubbard was.

Anyway, someone must have a pretty good telescope to find molecules.


14 posted on 03/12/2010 12:32:34 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I do not live in Vermont. I did for four years and that was plenty.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ll do better next time. But just to alert everyone I saw life enabling molecules floating around Sigma Draconis last month. Next to the crater that looks like two puppies dancing.


15 posted on 03/12/2010 12:36:46 PM PST by Pajama Blogger
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To: NormsRevenge

No ethanol?


16 posted on 03/12/2010 12:38:07 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Vermont Lt
Anyway, someone must have a pretty good telescope to find molecules.

They analyze the light with a spectroscope. Each chemical has an identifying light absorption signature.

17 posted on 03/12/2010 12:40:53 PM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

No ethanol. Apparently aliens are teetotalers...............


18 posted on 03/12/2010 12:41:30 PM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: Red Badger

They’re sticking with wood alcohol, methanol.


19 posted on 03/12/2010 12:43:29 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Pajama Blogger

Sigma Draconis ?

dwoof dwoof.. Got it!


20 posted on 03/12/2010 12:48:43 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Did they find salt? Tobacco? Beer or gasoline?

If not, I'm not goin’.

21 posted on 03/12/2010 12:49:24 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Life-Enabling Molecules Spotted in Orion Nebula

Beer!

ML/NJ

22 posted on 03/12/2010 12:52:24 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: NormsRevenge

Life enabling chemicals? Lots of those look pretty toxic to me. This needs to be stopped immediately!

Does the EPA know about this?


23 posted on 03/12/2010 1:03:12 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... WWW.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where did this “water” and these “organics” come from? Or would it be more accurate to ask “how”?


24 posted on 03/12/2010 1:39:32 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: NormsRevenge
... astronomers have identified a few common molecules that are precursors to life-enabling molecules, including water, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, methanol, dimethyl ether, hydrogen cyanide, sulfur oxide and sulfur dioxide.

And in the same spirit of assumed inevitability, precursors to IBM mainframes, Dell PCs, and the Internet can be seen in abundance on every beach. In fact, you can walk on them or even make little castles out of them.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

25 posted on 03/12/2010 2:39:05 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: FormerACLUmember; NormsRevenge
No way. Life, however, is very, very common in the universe.

One of these days, we will 'wake up' and realize that what you say is true, because LIFE is the UNIVERSE.

26 posted on 03/13/2010 10:20:29 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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