James Webb discovers the coldest ice in space

James Webb discovers the coldest ice in space ...

Scientists have discovered water ice and more complex matter in the Chameleon I molecular cloud, which is about 630 light-years away from Earth, using the James Webb Telescope (JWST). These findings are expected to have the lowest temperature ever observed in such a cloud.

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Researchers examined water, methane, and other substances found in the Chameleon I cloud, which they believe were present in all living organisms. They also discovered other compounds, but they have not yet been identified.

Researchers used the light from stars behind them to detect molecules, enabling scientists to identify substances present in certain sections of the visible spectrum. Information about other substances present here will help scientists understand the processes that led to the formation of ice deposits and their atmospheres.

Melissa McClure, who is the lead researcher at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, said the data they obtained is just the first piece in a series of spectral observations, and scientists will provide further information on the composition of the traditionally mysterious molecular clouds in the near future.

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