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Webb Unveils the Dark Side of Pre-stellar Ice Chemistry

The discovery of diverse ices in the darkest, coldest regions of a molecular cloud measured to date has been announced by an international team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.


This result allows astronomers to examine the simple icy molecules that will be incorporated into future exoplanets, while opening a new window on the origin of more complex molecules that are the first step in the creation of the building blocks of life. Researchers at the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus made important contributions to this work.

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