Ultraviolet Light from Stars | Planetary Landscapes Credit:…

Ultraviolet Light from Stars | Planetary Landscapes
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“The Catalyst of Molecules Needed for Life” — On Earth, the sun is the driving source of almost all the life on Earth. Now, we have learned that starlight drives the formation of chemicals that are precursors to chemicals that we need to make life,“ said Patrick Morris, first author of the paper and researcher at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech. Life exists in a myriad of wondrous forms, but if you break any organism down to its most basic parts, it’s all the same stuff: carbon atoms connected to hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and other elements. But how these fundamental substances are created in space has been a longstanding mystery.

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