Carbon Molecules in Space
Context: The CH3+ molecule, which is also knon as methyl cation, has been detected in space for the first time by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). About CH3+:
News Source: Indian Express
- CH3+ is a very simple organic molecule, just one carbon atom and 3 hydrogen atoms.
- It reacts inefficiently with hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, while reacting easily with other molecules, facilitating the creation of more complex carbon-based molecules.
- Scientists found the fingerprints of the CH3+ molecule in light coming from a swirling disk of dust and gas around a young star.
- It was detected in the star and protoplanetary disc system located about 1,350 light-years away in the Orion Nebula which is 1,350 light years from Earth.
- Its presence in space tells us that basic building blocks for life are out there.
- It has been theorised to be the cornersntone of interstellar organic chemistry.
- Its detection proves that ultraviolet radiation plays a critical role in the early chemical stages of the origins of life by producing CH3+.
About James Webb Space Telescope