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Scientists discover *life* on another galaxy.
Posted 3/14/10
Well, not really life, but life-enabling molecules. Still an interesting find as it could point to clues that life may in fact exist far out there somewhere.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20100312/sc_space/lifeenablingmoleculesspottedinorionnebula


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.
Posted 3/14/10
Telescopes have come a long way to be able to do that.
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It would be nice to see human life :D.
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the discovery of a faction of god?
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Yeah! let's move to another galaxy before planet Earth explodes LOL
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Why human?
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Wow, the topic is interesting....
does this mean these particles could form some sort of...alien...thing...over the course of...a really long time
or is this a sign that other life forms may exist out of our reach at this time with the technology we have?
They better come in peace
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I knew Optimus Prime existed. I knew it.

But I could not prove that he did because he was a giant thing in which I could not identify as he was in disguise.
Posted 3/14/10
Interesting discovery.
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I claim this galaxy as Rina's galaxy...when 2012 its MIIIINE > - <
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Hmm... maybe once we confirm there's another planet that also supports life then humans & animals can move and live there too! Then we will have 2 planets instead of 1 now! ^^
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Posted 3/14/10 , edited 3/14/10
Awesome. It was bound to happen sooner or later.
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woahh. alien girls. wonder what they look like. o_o''
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246858 wrote:

Hmm... maybe once we confirm there's another planet that also supports life then humans & animals can move and live there too! Then we will have 2 planets instead of 1 now! ^^


but it'd take a long time for humans to get there
I mean, from Earth to Pluto already takes about 23 years, this is another galaxy we're talking about
it'd probably take about a few generations?
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HackySackOOO wrote:

Yeah! let's move to another galaxy before planet Earth explodes LOL


Maybe if you let go of our sun then planet earth can be saved! (you're picture)

I'd like to see what it looks like o.o"
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