Life in Interstellar Space?

Here’s one of the most interesting ideas I’ve come across in a long time:

“Could extraterrestrial life be made of corkscrew-shaped particles of interstellar dust? Intriguing new evidence of life-like structures that form from inorganic substances in space have been revealed in the New Journal of Physics. The findings hint at the possibility that life beyond earth may not necessarily use carbon-based molecules as its building blocks. They also point to a possible new explanation for the origin of life on earth.

…So, could helical clusters formed from interstellar dust be somehow alive? ‘These complex, self-organized plasma structures exhibit all the necessary properties to qualify them as candidates for inorganic living matter,’ says Tsytovich, ‘they are autonomous, they reproduce and they evolve.'”

There’s been a lot of discussion in various circles about where the helical DNA molecule developed. If the helical molecules described in the study are verified to exist, I’m betting that there will be a number of people who start to see a connection between terrestrial DNA life and these interstellar formations…

Read the rest here: ScienceDaily: Physicists Discover Inorganic Dust With Lifelike Qualities

Author: Nicholas Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...