James Webb telescope spots organic molecules swirling around unborn stars, hinting at origins of Earth-like worlds

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Astronomers using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have spotted complex organic molecules  swirling around two forming stars, hinting at where the building blocks of habitable planets originate.

Complex organic molecules are crucial for life, but their origin in space has been a mystery, according to Will Rocha, an astronomer at Leiden University in the Netherlands who led the team that made the observations. The new research suggests that these complex molecules arise during the sublimation of ice from solids into gas.

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