The James Webb telescope found the coldest ice in the known universe – and it contains the building blocks of life.

The James Webb telescope found the coldest ice in the known universe – and it contains the building blocks of life.

Scientists using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the coldest ice in the deepest regions of an interstellar molecular cloud so far observed and measured. The frozen molecules measured minus 440 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 263 degrees Celsius), according to new research published January 23 in the journal Natural Astronomy (opens in a new tab).

Molecular clouds, made up of frozen molecules, gases and dust particles, act as the birthplace of stars and planets – including habitable planets, like ours. In this latest research, a team of scientists used JWST’s infrared camera to investigate a molecular cloud called Chameleon I, about 500 light years from Earth.

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