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Last by katesisco on Jun 01, 2011, 2:12pm
I'm excited about this new finding. Not only because water is a good thing to have in the far reaches of space, but because the new theory of how the water got there came into existence by analyzing new data, and discarding an old theory.
It is so important to remember that everything we think we know about stuff, can be totally turned around when new or additional information becomes available.
Back in 2001, water vapor was discovered in a cloud around a Carbon star
. It is the most studied carbon star to date. A Carbon star
has an atmosphere containing more carbon than oxygen. The two elements combine to form carbon monoxide and the reaction continues until all the oxygen is consumed, leaving carbon atoms free to form other carbon compounds. This gives rise to the Carbon star's characteristic red 'sooty' look.
Located roughly 500 light years from Earth, IRC+10216 also known as CW Leonis, is about 4 times as massive as our Sun. Size wise, if placed in the center of our own solar system, it would sprawl out beyond . . . More