Just like it does in Earth candy, sugar is creating a buzz in the universe! Scientists recently discovered simple sugar particles in the gas surrounding a star 400 light years away. While this does not mean that aliens are out there whipping up lemon meringue pies, it does have implications for other forms of life in the solar system.
To be clear, these are not the pure white crystals you might associate with "sugar." Rather, they are very simple molecules called glycoaldehyde. On our planet, they are most commonly found in the form of an odorless powder, and believed to be part of the process of creating RNA, found in all living cells. So this discovery suggests that life could form in other places in the universe. Pretty sweet if you ask me.
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Starburst(!) galaxy NGC 3310 image by NASA.
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