• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Web telescope detects galactic smoke signals

Web telescope detects galactic smoke signals

An international team of astronomers has detected complex organic molecules in the most distant galaxy to date using the next-generation James Webb Space Telescope.

Molecules detected in the galaxy SPT0418-47, more than 12 billion light-years away, are familiar on Earth in smog, smog, and fumes. According to the study reported in the journal Nature, the galaxy formed when the universe was less than 1.5 billion years old, or about 10 percent of its current age.

SPT0418-47 was first discovered by the National Science Foundation’s South Pole Telescope in 2013 and was previously identified as a dust-obscure galaxy magnified by a factor of 30 to 35 through gravitational lensing.

The signature of large organic molecules, such as smoke and smog, are the building blocks of the same cancer-causing hydrocarbon emissions on Earth that are the leading causes of air pollution.

However, the implications of galactic smoke signals for their cosmic habitat are minimal, according to Justin Spilker, an astronomer at Texas A&M University.

“These large molecules are actually very common in space,” explained Spilker, assistant professor in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. IANS

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