DailyDirt: Solving Mysteries Of The Universe...

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The vast blackness of space might not look like much to the naked eye, but the origins of all life have come from distant stars. As Carl Sagan put it, we are all "star stuff" -- we're made of atoms that could have only been born in intense supernovas. It may appear futile to try to decipher what happened billions of years ago, but astronomers can literally look back in time and see the formation of the universe. Here are just a few cool things astronomers have discovered lately. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: astrobiology, astronomy, chirality, life, origin of life, oxygen, propylene oxide, space, space exploration, stars, sxdf-nb1006-2


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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jun 2016 @ 5:51pm

    not quite...

    those oxygen atoms billions of light years away aren't the same ones we breathe, so we must have the older ones, right?

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      Aaron Walkhouse (profile), 20 Jun 2016 @ 11:06pm

      It is more likely we have mostly younger ones because that
      distant oxygen, which existed 13.1 billion years ago, has
      had 13.1 billion years of newer oxygen produced to join it.

      We have some of the old stuff but mostly the newer oxygen.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jun 2016 @ 8:12am

    "Wow!!! Jerry look at this!!! I just discovered life on another planet!"

    "Are you sure?"

    "Absolutely! The results are absolutely incontrovertible!"

    "Let me see..."

    0.1 1.2 .005 .01
    0.1 1.2 .005 .01
    0.1 1.2 .005 .01
    0.1 1.2 .005 .02
    0.1 1.2 .005 .01

    "Wow, you're right!!!"

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