Unsolved Mystery of Molecules Found in Andromeda & Triangulum Galaxies
In the summer of 2011, a team of NASA and European scientists recorded the “fingerprints” of mystery molecules in two distant galaxies, Andromeda and the Triangulum (image above). Astronomers can count on one hand the number of galaxies examined so far for such fingerprints, which are thought to belong to large organic molecules (molecules that have at least 20 atoms or more), according to the team’s leader, Martin Cordiner of NASA’s Goddard Center for Astrobiology. This is quite small compared to, say, a protein, but huge compared to a molecule of carbon monoxide, a very common molecule in space.
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Unsolved Mystery of Molecules Found in Andromeda & Triangulum Galaxies

In the summer of 2011, a team of NASA and European scientists recorded the “fingerprints” of mystery molecules in two distant galaxies, Andromeda and the Triangulum (image above). Astronomers can count on one hand the number of galaxies examined so far for such fingerprints, which are thought to belong to large organic molecules (molecules that have at least 20 atoms or more), according to the team’s leader, Martin Cordiner of NASA’s Goddard Center for Astrobiology. This is quite small compared to, say, a protein, but huge compared to a molecule of carbon monoxide, a very common molecule in space.

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