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Crab Nebula noble gas: Remnants of star into gas, argon hydride molecule found

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A Crab Nebula noble gas has been recently discovered by space experts, and the distant find has been described as stunning, with the Crab Nebula essentially being the remnants of an ancient star that exploded into distinct gases over 1,000 years ago. Although it has been long thought that noble gas molecules do not — and essentially cannot — exist in space, the new evidence found in the study hints that this may not be the case for the new molecule argon hydride. The Epoch Times shares the attention-grabbing reveal this Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.

The massive Crab Nebula possesses a noble gas molecule, which is one interesting unearthing that shows what remains of a star that eventually burst. Experts state that the recently unveiled molecule was argon hydride. A press release from Cardiff University said that before this “discovery, molecules of this kind have only been studied in laboratories on Earth.”

The noble gases our scientists are aware of — including such gases as krypton, radon, argon, and helium — are well-known for not being common reactors with other chemical elements. In a similar vein, they are often found existing in isolation, uncommonly forming molecules. In the exploration, researchers add that these gases are able to form complex molecules through interaction with other elements, but such chemical compounds can only be made in Earth-bound labs.

Since space and scientific study began — well before the Crab Nebula noble gas discovery — scientists have long believed that these noble molecules simply don’t occur out in space. Now experts are rethinking these former assumptions as possibly incorrect due to a lack of former information.

“We know the Crab Nebula was only formed 1000 years ago when a massive star exploded”, stated Dr. Haley Gomez of Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy. “Not only is it very young in astronomical terms, but also relatively close, at just 6,500 light years away, providing an excellent way to study what happens in these stellar explosions. Last year, we used the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory to study the intricate network of gas filaments to show how exploding stars are creating huge amounts of space dust.”

In finding the argon hydride molecule, experts carefully measured regions of gas and cold dust, discovering the actual “chemical fingerprint” of these ions.

“At first, the discovery of argon seemed bizarre. With hot gas still expanding at high speeds after the explosion, a supernova remnant is a harsh, hot and hostile environment, and one of the places where we least expected to find a noble-gas based molecule,” finished a source.

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