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Discovered organic material on the planet Ceres. The dwarf planet Ceres organic compounds have been identified. The data come from VIR spectrometer that is in NASA‘s Dawn probe.

Discovered organic material on the planet Ceres.

The discovery could help scientists understand the origin of life in the solar system, since the presence of materials has probably endogenous origin. Never before today there had been so marked evidence of the presence of organic molecules aliphatic (with carbon atoms open chain) on a celestial body beyond the Earth from space mission data.

Discovered organic material on the planet Ceres.

It could be a favorable environment for the development of life, even if talk of phenomena precursors of the same is a bit risky. The research goes on, but undoubtedly we made an extraordinary discovery. The discovery of high local concentrations of organic compounds is intriguing. The data show the presence of Ceres of hydrated minerals containing ammonia, water ice, carbonates salts and organic compounds now: With this new discovery, it was shown that Ceres has the basic ingredients to support life. But because there is a presence of organic molecules so important? Astrobiologists have developed two hypotheses. The first focuses on the impacts occurred on the surface of Ceres rich celestial bodies such compounds, such as comets or asteroids objects.

Discovered organic material on the planet Ceres.

But the most compelling hypothesis is another: the formation of organic molecules could have occurred directly on the dwarf planet and is the result of chemical processes triggered by hydrothermal activity. The presence of a large amount of organic molecules is concentrated in the region of the crater Ernutet, in the Northern Hemisphere of the small planet.

Discovered organic material on the planet Ceres.

The study team is now focusing on the research in a completely different area. You want to show that the material has its own format on small planet and the discovery, in other areas, other organic molecules, would be the icing on the cake. The presence of those that we consider the “building blocks” that make up molecules related to biological processes can help us better understand the origin of life in our solar system and beyond. Ceres So after the mysterious “bright spots” never ceases to amaze.

Discovered organic material on the planet Ceres.

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Discovered organic material on the planet Ceres.