Astronomers have found oxygen molecules in outer space

Credit image: NASA
Credit image: NASA

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 23 August 2022, at 11:02 am Los Angeles time

Oxygen molecules were discovered in a stellar region formed around the Orion Nebula, approximately 1,500 light years from Earth. 

Also, the discovery was made by the Herschel European Space Observatory, with the help of a very high-power telescope, as well as using infrared detectors. 

Individual oxygen atoms, also called oxygen atoms, are common in outer space and are found especially near large stars. But oxygen molecules, which are made up of two oxygen atoms, have been undetectable until now. These molecules make up about 20% of the air we now breathe on Earth. 

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