The Milky Way is clogged with fat – and not the way you would like to spread it on toast.
Astronomers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney and the Ege University in Turkey used replacement interstellar dust to estimate the amount of "space fat" in our galaxy.
Unlike the vegetable oils and animal fats we use in cooking, this intergalactic lubricant – an oily form of aliphatic carbon – is one of two types of chemically-bonded star-leaking compounds. The other is a moth-like aromatic carbon.
The researchers are still a bit unclear how much carbon is incorporated into the interstellar dust. But a recent paper published in the Royal Astronomical Society Monthly Notices journal suggests enough for 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter.
But you should not try to eat it.
This grease is not what you would like to spread on a toast, "UNSW Sydney Professor Tim Schmidt said in a statement," It's dirty, probably poisonous, and only forms around the interstellar space (and our lab) . "
The international team made their own version of space dust to determine how much the material absorbed light in a particular infrared (1
. Their conclusion: There are about 100 fatty carbon atoms per million hydrogen atoms, between one quarter and one half of the available carbon make out.
Alone in the Milky Way The ent speaks about 10 billion trillion tons of greasy matter.
"It is also fascinating that organic material of this kind is incorporated into the Planeta ry-systems-is so abundant," added Schmidt.
One down, one in front of the target: The team wants to investigate the other moth-like carbon.
"By reducing the amount of each type of carbon in the dust, they will know exactly how much of that element is available to create life," said the Royal Astronomical Society in an announcement.
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