Learning How Life’s Molecules Are Built In Stars

From ScienceDaily:

Astronomers described three important developments at a symposium on the “Cosmic Cradle of Life” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, IL….

“We know that complex chemicals exist in interstellar space before stars and planets form. With the new research tools coming in the next few years, we’re on the verge of learning how the chemistry of the interstellar clouds, the young stars and their environments, and the disks from which planets are formed is all linked together to provide the chemical basis for life on those planets,” Remijan explained.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History noted, “Like no other science, astrophysics cross-pollinates the expertise of chemists, biologists, geologists and physicists, all to discover the past, present, and future of the cosmos — and our humble place within it.”

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