A molecular cloud containing the essential elements for life has been discovered about 500 light-years from Earth via the James Webb Space Telescope.
In the statement of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it was reported that the research was carried out as part of the Ice Age Project in a program of the James Webb Telescope.
It was reported that experts examined a dense and difficult to investigate region of a molecular cloud called “Chamaeleon I”, about 500 light-years from Earth, with the James Webb Telescope at minus 263 degrees.
It was shared that the studied molecular clouds are the deepest and coldest ice ever measured.
In the research, it was noted that several basic elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur required for a habitable environment were detected in the ice in the molecular cloud, and the observation made with the James Webb Telescope could be a very critical finding.
“These observations open a new window into the formation of simple and complex molecules necessary to form the building blocks of life,” said Leiden Observatory expert Melissa McClure. used the phrase.
The results of the research were published in the journal Nature Astronomy.