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    Life-enabling molecules spotted in Orion Nebula

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    Dreemz

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    Life-enabling molecules spotted in Orion Nebula

    Post  Dreemz on Sat 13 Mar 2010, 11:36 am

    Hey everyone! Here comes the ET's...i.e. Remember the movie "First Contact"...LOL!

    Life-Enabling Molecules Spotted in Orion Nebula
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    space.com – Fri Mar 12, 6:47 am ET

    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.

    Because of Herschel's unique infrared observing abilities, this new spectrum is already an improvement on previous one's taken of the Orion nebula.

    "We obtained this spectrum in a few hours and it already beats any other spectrum, at any other wavelength, ever taken of Orion," said Frank Helmich, Herschel HIFI principal investigator of SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

    Built by the European Space Agency, Herschel launched in May 2009 on a mission to scan the universe in the far-infrared range of the spectrum. The observatory is expected to last until 2012 and has the largest single mirror ever built for a space telescope. bounce sunny Shocked
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    johnl

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    Orion's life-producing molecules

    Post  johnl on Sat 13 Mar 2010, 8:59 pm

    from dreemz’ article:

    The chemical fingerprints of potentially life-building molecules have been detected in the Orion nebula by Europe's Herschel Space Observatory.
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    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.
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    I hope people aren’t too turned off by my relating articles to the bible.

    The putting together of organic life from molecules such as seen in the Orion nebula (of the Milky Way galaxy), got me to thinking of 2 bible verses. One is that after Adam and Eve’s taking of the forbidden fruit, God the creator told them, “dust you were, and to dust you will return.” Then when the Jewish religious leaders, the Pharisees, thought that they didn’t need Jesus as a messiah because they had Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their forefathers, who God had promised his blessings to, as the chosen people, -- Jesus said to them (paraphrased): “God is of these rocks able to make children unto Abraham.” In this generation, knowing about DNA, it’s plausible that what Jesus said could actually be done.

    The difference, however, might be that man is not only a molecular, organic composite, but also, God breathed the breath of life into man. So that man is intimately connected with his creator.

    John

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