The building blocks for life might exist at the edge of the galaxy

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Infrared view of the centre of the Milky Way

Organic molecules are thought to be most prevalent near the centre of our galaxy, as pictured in infrared by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, but they may also be on the edge

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The outer reaches of our galaxy may be more hospitable to life than we thought. Most of the elements required for the development of life as we know it decrease in abundance further from the centre of the Milky Way, but now astronomers have found organic molecules that could be the building blocks of life near the galaxy’s edge. …

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