IRAS 16293-2422

April 26, 2013 12:12 PM

A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star.

“In the disk of gas and dust surrounding this newly formed star, we found glycolaldehyde, which is a simple form of sugar, not much different to the sugar we put in coffee,” explains Jes Jørgensen (Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark), the lead author of the paper. “This molecule is one of the ingredients in the formation of RNA, which — like DNA, to which it is related — is one of the building blocks of life.”

An instrumental piece spontaneously composed by my trio Carbon 7 to celebrate an astronomical event. Edited from 28 minutes down to just over 20, in order to fit the filesize cap, thus the fade-in/outs. The full version should be available "soon" (ha!) on our website.

Give it a minute -- it starts very quietly.

posted by Devils Rancher (4 comments total)

SUGARSUN would be a pretty great band name. I'm really digging the song, too! Kudos.
posted by Doleful Creature at 1:27 AM on April 27, 2013

This is really nice, love the bass.
posted by greenish at 9:27 AM on April 30, 2013

posted by grog at 8:43 PM on May 7, 2013

Finally got the full 28-minute version, as well as the rest of the session, up on the site a couple days ago.
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:56 PM on July 7, 2013

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