How amazed would you be if someone told you that there is oxygen in space? Well you can be as amazed as you thought it wasn’t real, because it seems that a comet spits oxygen in space and researchers have all the proof they need to claim that this is as real as it sounds. The comet is 67P/ Churyumov-Garasimenko and this is the oxygen comet that baffles the entire scientific community.
In theory, this oxygen should not have existed in the first place because it should have faded away while in contact with hydrogen. Billions of years ago, after the solar system had been born and celestial bodies were forming, hydrogen could have been found literally everywhere. There was no avoiding it, no hiding from it and everything would ultimately “collide with it”. Oxygen should not have been there anymore after 67P was created.
But it looks like it has passed the test of time and “it was a big surprise to actually detect oxygen” as Andre Blieler, co-leader of the study in the University of Michigan, declared when approached about the subject. The discovery has obviously led to debates whether our model of how the Universe was created is correct or not. Now everybody is arguing why it is right or wrong.
But while this debate is starting to light up and scientists are looking at what might need improving or not, Bieler and a colleague are not exactly sure about what could be done to change this model. Bieler and Kathrin Altwegg, who are both very well known as experts in the field of modelling have declared that there is little speculation about what variables could be tackled to overcome this challenge.
But as the struggle to explain how the universe was formed moves onward, other scientists are more interested in seeking molecular oxygen in an 1986 spacecraft called Giotto, which was the only other human device to have gone close and personal to Halley’s Comet. The major issue with this theory is that molecular oxygen is extremely difficult to be seen from our planet, so we cannot conclude that all other comets have oxygen as well.
While we did find find out that a comet spits oxygen in space, there is little proof that others might be doing the exact same thing. This is only a theory that will need further investigation to be deemed true or not, but since this discovery has been mad it is clear that the appropriate attention will be given to it so that we might discover more about our solar system, or even the universe itself.
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