Molecular Clouds – Cosmic Distilleries
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[Molecular Clouds – Cosmic Distilleries]
[Narrator] Source: LYBIO.net
From our Milky Way galaxy to remote regions billions of light years away, space is jam packed with weird stuff.
[Amy Mainzer – JPL]
It’s hard to comprehend some of the concepts and the things that we find in outer space because they are so profoundly different from life on our own planet.
[Michael Mischna – JPL]
The more we learn the less we know. So there is seemingly a limitless supply of strange things about the universe that remain to be discovered.
The universe is fulled with objects and all sort of mysterious phenomena that we still don’t fully understand. Strange as it may seem. Astronomers have discovered inner stellar clouds actually fulled with the same kind of alcohol found in beer.
[Laura Danly – Griffith Observatory]
One of the strangest clouds is one that’s fulled with organic molecules in particular with ethyl alcohol. Now, that of course is the alcohol we drink. And so, the idea that there could be this huge cosmic distillery is kind of a fun idea. But in fact that is correct.
[Narrator] Source: LYBIO.net
Giant molecular clouds are enormous complexes of gas and dust, some of them are up to a thousand times the size of our own solar system. There dense and sizable cores allow for the formation of complex molecules that can produce a cosmic cocktail.
In this micro-brewer, barley, water and yeast are used to produce alcohol where as in solar molecular clouds its dust grains that serve as the key nucleation site for simpler molecules like hydrogen, water and carbon dioxide to come together and react chemically to form more complex molecules like ethyl alcohol. When the dust grains migrate closer to the center of the molecular cloud they start to approach the central star that is forming in its core. And this heats them up. Possibly enough to evaporate the complex molecules like ethyl alcohol off into inter-stellar space.
(serves a pint of beer)
So just like this micro-brewery the dust grains in interstellar molecular clouds serve as meeting places where lonely molecules can form more complex molecules.
The first alcohol clouds was detected in 1975, since then many more of these truly strange space clouds have been observed. The cloud G-34.3 which resides in the constellation Aquila, its one thousand times the diameter of our solar system.
[Amy Mainzer] Source: LYBIO.net
In fact, in G 34.3, there’s enough ethyl alcohol to supply 300,000 pints of beer every day to every single person on Planet Earth for the next billion years. That’d be one heck of a party. The only down side is that it would probably give you a pretty bad headache because it’s also mixed in with hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and some fairly other not so nice chemicals.
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