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Astronomers have spotted molecular oxygen in a galaxy far far away, marking the first time that this important element has ever been detected outside of the Milky Way.

Astronomers have spotted molecular oxygen in a galaxy far far away, marking the first time that this important element has ever been detected outside of the Milky Way.

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  1. IIRC, in our galaxy oxygen is actually pretty common. So this shouldn’t be a big surprise.

  2. The issue with finding what we consider to be “life” ie biological in nature is time. How long have humans been around? How long will we endure? I suspect many,many life forms come and go and will never meet one another simply because the time frame by which they exist comes and goes without overlapping. We might be the first intelligent life in our galaxy, who knows? Maybe we are the last…again its all relative to ones spacial persepctive, and our perspective is limited to the brief time which we exist.

  3. Yes, but it must have been a long time ago, if it’s in a galaxy far far away.

  4. we found the Star Wars galaxy!

  5. I’ve wondered if molecular oxygen could be a Hallmark of life, since ours is made by plants, and the planet used to be anaerobic before they evolved.

  6. This isn’t newsworthy. Not a single astronomer is surprised.

  7. Have scientists ever considered that there may be life forms and beings out there that do not depend on oxygen?

  8. Lol all main sequence stars have massive amounts of oxygen at least at some points of their lifecycle

  9. Could scientists and astronomers use the same technology that is used to find naturally-occurring elements like oxygen in galaxies far away to search for man-made elements outside our solar system/galaxy?

    In other words, since humans are responsible for identifying and creating some of the elements on the periodic table, could we use this element-locating technology to see if galaxies far away have any of these elements in them… meaning that some form of intelligent life is out there?

    My apologies if this is a dumb question – this is certainly not my field.

  10. Space observation used to be so interesting, now it’s just like ” Oh a star farted 7 million miles away”.

    We’ll all be dead before they find anything of worth and so will our great grandchildren before we have the abilty to get out to it.

  11. We need to colonize that place to survive. This world will be run dry in 60 years.

  12. In a galaxy far, far away…..

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