Supergiant Star Spews Molecules Needed for Life

24 07 2007

Astronomers Discover Supergiant Star Spews Molecules Needed for Life from PhysOrg.com

University of Arizona astronomers who are probing the oxygen-rich environment around a supergiant star with one of the world’s most sensitive radio telescopes have discovered a score of molecules that include compounds needed for life.

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First planet with water is spotted outside Solar System

12 07 2007

This is huge: Astronomers on Wednesday announced they had spotted the first planet beyond the Solar System that has water, the precious ingredient for life. The watery world, though, is far beyond the reach of our puny chemically-powered rockets — and in any case is quite uninhabitable.

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