This handout infrared image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope released on March 31, 2016 shows the center of the Milky Way, 27 000 light-years away from Earth. AFP PHOTO / NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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Scientists for the first time have found a complex organic molecule in space that bears the same asymmetric structure as molecules that are key to life on Earth.The researchers said Tuesday they detected the complex organic molecule called propylene oxide in a giant cloud of gas and dust near the center of the Milky Way galaxy.The complex signals tied to propylene oxide were not precise enough for the researchers to determine whether the molecules were orientated to the left or to the right.Future studies of how polarized light interacts with the molecules may reveal if one version of propylene oxide dominates in space, the researchers said.
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