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Stardust : the cosmic seeds of life

Author: S Kwok
Publisher: Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, [2013] ©2013
Series: Astronomers' universe.
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"How did life originate on Earth? For over 50 years, scientists believed that life was the result of chemistry involving simple molecules such as methane and ammonia cooking in a primordial soup. Recent space observations have revealed that old stars are capable of making very complex organic compounds. The stars then ejected the organics and spread them all over the Milky Way Galaxy. There is evidence that these  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Kwok, S. (Sun).
Stardust.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, 2013
(OCoLC)816168022
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: S Kwok
ISBN: 9783642328022 3642328024
OCLC Number: 839834250
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 267 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Where Do We Come From? --
Rocks and Dust in the Planetary Neighborhood --
Impacts from Beyond --
Descendants of Stars --
Glowing in the Dark --
Stardust in Our Eyes --
The Oldest and Brightest --
Neon Signs in the Sky --
Stars as Molecular Factories --
Smoke from Stellar Chimneys --
Gems from Heaven --
Diamonds in the Sky --
A Mysterious Red Glow --
A Celestial Origin for Oil? --
Organics in Our Solar System --
Stardust in Our Hands --
Bacteria in Space? --
Comets: Messengers from the Past --
Where Do Oceans Come from? --
Playing God with Primordial Soup --
Stardust and Origin of Life --
Our Place in the Universe.
Series Title: Astronomers' universe.
Responsibility: Sun Kwok.
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In accessible, informative language, this book describes stunning discoveries in astronomy and solar system science showing that complex organic compounds, formed in and ejected from old stars, could  Read more...

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