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Astronomers have found the first signature of complex organic molecules in the dust cloud around a distant star, suggesting that these building blocks of life may be a common feature of planetary systems.
In our solar system, the large carbon molecules, called tholins, have been found in comets and on Saturn's moon, Titan, giving its atmosphere a red tinge.
HR4796A, located in the constellation Centaurus, is a massive 8-million-year-old star about 220 light-years from Earth. Its dust disk, discovered in 1991, is considered a prime example of a planetary system in formation.
Originally posted by zerotime
I think this stuff is great if you believe in "science fiction." When I read stories like this it almost makes me laugh. Am I really supposed to believe we know what is going on 220 light years from Earth or that we have any real idea of how life began? I just don't buy it. Even the article itself is vague. "Astronomers have found..." Astronomers? Who? Names/Locations? Doesn't say. Just gives the generic title astronomers. I'm just not that impressed with these types of stories that I see more and more of lately on the Internet. These articles seem to be nothing more than grand speculation being passed off as groundbreaking important scientific finds.
[edit on 9-1-2008 by zerotime]