Building blocks of life found at the heart of the Milky Way

Some of the key building blocks of life – known as nitriles – have been detected at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy

They were spotted in a molecular cloud of gas and dust by a team of international researchers in Spain

he discovery suggests that nitriles are among the most abundant chemical families in the universe. 

 life could have originated in space and hitchhiked to Earth inside meteorites and comets during the Late Heavy Bombardment period, between 4.1 and 3.8 billion years ago.

the molecular cloud G+0.693-0.027 could evolve to become a stellar nursery in the future.

“The chemical content of G+0.693-0.027 is similar to those of other star-forming regions in our galaxy,

“We have found them in molecular clouds in the centre of our galaxy, protostars of different masses, meteorites and comets,

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