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Paucity of phosphorus hints at precarious path for extraterrestrial life

Post by Dragon on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:08 pm

Work by Cardiff University astronomers suggests there may be a cosmic lack of a chemical element essential to life. Dr. Jane Greaves and Dr. Phil Cigan will present their results at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool.

Greaves has been searching for phosphorus in the universe, because of its link to life on Earth. If this element—with the chemical code P—is lacking in other parts of the cosmos, then it could be difficult for extra-terrestrial life to exist.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:09 pm


Credit: M. Pasek / University of South Florida.

A 15cm wide fragment of the Seymchan iron-nickel meteorite found in Russia in 1967. The long filament of dark grey material in the centre is the phosphorus-rich mineral schreibersite.

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Post by Cloud on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:10 pm

That helps simplify it then, neat





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Post by Dragon on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:11 pm


Credit: J. Greaves

Composite of infrared (shown as red), visible (green) and ultraviolet (violet) images of the Crab Nebula, with IR enhanced and visible/UV balanced to yield neutral star colors

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Post by Cloud on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:11 pm

Dragon wrote:
Credit: M. Pasek / University of South Florida.

A 15cm wide fragment of the Seymchan iron-nickel meteorite found in Russia in 1967. The long filament of dark grey material in the centre is the phosphorus-rich mineral schreibersite.

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Looks promising goodjob
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Post by Dragon on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:14 pm



A new Chandra image shows the location of several elements produced by the explosion of a massive star. Cassiopeia A is a well-known supernova remnant located about 11,000 light years from Earth.

Supernova remnants and the elements they produce are very hot — millions of degrees — and glow strongly in X-ray light.

Chandra's sharp X-ray vision allows scientists to determine both the amount and location of these crucial elements objects like Cas A produce.

Where do most of the elements essential for life on Earth come from? The answer: inside the furnaces of stars and the explosions that mark the end of some stars’ lives.

Astronomers have long studied exploded stars and their remains – known as “supernova remnants” – to better understand exactly how stars produce and then disseminate many of the elements observed on Earth, and in the cosmos at large.

 
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Post by Dragon on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:20 pm



 
Cloud wrote:That helps simplify it then, neat



Phosphorus, the 11th most common element on earth, is fundamental to all living things. It is essential for the creation of DNA, cell membranes, and for bone and teeth formation in humans.

 
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Post by Cloud on Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:33 pm

Slowly learning Wink



Liverpool (UK) is great for all these things, John Moores University / Astrophysics research institute are good.. Too complicated for me but I do find all this fascinating, I know there's other life out there peace
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