New 1st-Time Discovery of Key Building Block for Life in the Universe
- URL to a post on The Daily Galaxy
Scientists have found sugar around a Sol-type star.
(Someone tell the candy companies!)
First few paragraphs
A team of astronomers using _the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter
spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young _Sun-like star_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_analog) . This is the first time sugar been
found in space around such a star, and the discovery shows that the building
blocks of life are in the right place, at the right time, to be included in
planets forming around the star. Sugar is the common name for a range of
small carbohydrates (molecules containing carbon, hydrogen and oxygen,
typically with a hydrogen:oxygen atomic ratio of 2:1, as in water).
The astronomers found molecules of glycolaldehyde — a simple form of sugar
 — in the gas surrounding a young binary star, with similar mass to the
Sun, called IRAS 16293-2422. _Glycolaldehyde_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycolaldehyde) has been seen in interstellar space before , but this
is the first time it has been found so near to a Sun-like star, at
distances comparable to the distance of Uranus from the Sun in the Solar System.
This discovery shows that some of the chemical compounds needed for life
existed in this system at the time of planet formation.
“In the disc of gas and dust surrounding this newly formed star, we found
glycolaldehyde, which is a simple form of sugar, not much different to the
sugar we put in coffee,” explains Jes Jørgensen (_Niels Bohr Institute_
67472222,12.5713333333 (Niels%20Bohr%20Institute)&t=h) , Denmark), the lead
author of the paper. “This molecule is one of the ingredients in the
formation of RNA, which — like DNA, to which it is related — is one of the
building blocks of life.”
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