In the protoplanetary disk surrounding the young star TW Hydra, scientists discovered methanol – building blocks for the synthesis of organic compounds. Gaseous methanol is released during the melting of ice bodies, sometimes approaching the star.
This discovery, as I hope of astrophysics, will help them better understand the process of planet formation. It is not excluded that more than four billion years ago, similar processes have led to the emergence of life on Earth.
The researchers used a set of radio telescopes ALMA, located in Chile’s Atacama desert, designed to study processes occurring during the first hundred million years after the Big Bang. Using ALMA, the researchers plan to obtain new data explaining the mechanisms of evolution of the Universe.
TW Hydra star in the constellation Hydra, located 176 light-years from Earth. Its size and weight are about 80% of the Sun. The age of the star is 5 to 10 million years, writes the website Phys.org.