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The Spitzer infrared telescope has discovered organic molecules in the planet forming region around the young (less than 1 million years old) star  AA Tauri.



Spitzer Finds Organics and Water Where New Planets May Grow

With their new procedures, they were able to detect the minute spectral signatures for three simple organic molecules--hydrogen cyanide, acetylene and carbon dioxide--plus water vapor. In addition, they found more of these substances in the disk than are found in the dense interstellar gas called molecular clouds from which the disk originated. "Molecular clouds provide the raw material from which the protoplanetary disks are created," said Carr. "So this is evidence for an active organic chemistry going on within the disk, forming and enhancing these molecules."



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Pogge:” This is the volume of a sphere with a 62 kilometer (about 39 miles) radius, which is considerably smaller than the 2,000 mile radius of the Earth.”
Wikipedia:” For Earth, the mean radius is 6,371.009 km(≈3,958.761 mi; ≈3,440.069 nmi).”
Wisp to Lester (on Pogge): Do you admit he was wrong about the basics?
Lester: No

 


Posts: 1747 | Posted: 11:57 AM on March 14, 2008 | IP
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I'm not surprised.  Organic molecules are going to form in other places just as readily as they formed in our solar system.

The exciting thing is that we are now entering a time when we can actually detect planets orbiting other stars, and actually begin measuring what is in their atmosphere.  I find that incredibly exciting.  And the technology will only improve over time.  

Someday in the not too distant future I'm sure we'll find a planet with the signature of life on it.

We are finding that planetary formation appears to be a common occurrence with star formation.  Life began on earth less than a bilion years after it formed, which seems to be a relatively short time.  I suspect that the process (abiogenesis) has a good chance of occurring if the conditions are right.  

And what do you Creationists think about life on other planets?  Surely earth isn't the only place that has life on it.
 


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