Freon 40 – Mark of Extraterrestrial life?

Utilizing data apprehended by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) ALMA in Chile and the ROSINA instrument on ESA’s Rosetta mission, a global team of astronomers involving scientists from Harvard University, the University of Cologne, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, has discovered unobtrusive vestige of the chemical compound Freon-40 (CH3Cl), an organohalogen round about both a nascent star and a comet in our solar system. This is the premiere identification of an infused organohalogen in interstellar space.

Freon-40 is composed by organic procedures on Earth so it has been evaluated as an insignia of extraterrestrial life. But as it is the fundamental discernment of a saturated organohalogen in celestial space and it may not be a good motto of life as it had been desired for. This finding of Freon-40 in situations that must harbinger the origin of life can be envisaged as regret. However, organohalogen may be noteworthy constituents of the material from which planets come into existence. This outcome highlights the provocation of discovering molecules that could signify the existence of life beyond Earth.

Exoplanet research has surpassed the point of finding planets. The count of exoplanets has gone beyond 3,000 to searching for chemical markers that can be indicator of prospective existence of life. An important step is deciding which molecules could signify life, but manifesting dependable markers remains a complex procedure.

Freon-40 is also called as methyl chloride and chloromethane and was discovered around nascent star system IRAS 16293-2422 [1], about 400 light-years away and the prominent comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). Organohalogen comprise of halogens like chlorine and fluorine, fastened by carbon sometimes other elements.

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