James Webb finds ‘Organic components’ in freezing cold Nebula
The James Webb telescope is known for its extraordinary capabilities to see through cosmic clouds and unravel cosmos mysterious. This time it found something unusual in icy ‘Chameleon’ clouds.
An international team claimed that they may have found out “building blocks of Life” or components which are crucial for Organic matter to form.
Previously, the building blocks of life, such as amino acids and nucleotides, have been detected in nebulae. The organic compounds present in nebulae can interact and combine to form more complex molecules, including those that are essential for life. This process is thought to occur in the clouds of gas and dust that eventually collapse to form stars and planetary systems, including the building blocks of life.
The presence of the building blocks of life in a nebula does not guarantee the presence of life itself. The conditions in the nebula and in any resulting planetary systems must also be suitable for life to arise and evolve.
Nebulae contain a variety of organic compounds, including:
- Methane (CH4)
- Ammonia (NH3)
- Formaldehyde (H2CO)
- Ethanol (C2H5OH)
- Acetaldehyde (CH3CHO)
- Methanol (CH3OH)
- Water (H2O)
- Cyanide (HCN)
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Formic acid (HCOOH)
- Aldehydes and ketones.
These organic compounds serve as the building blocks for the formation of more complex organic molecules and eventually life.