Space is full of mysteries. Now and then, we get a piece of news about outer space that blows our minds away.
Astronomers have been working tirelessly to uncover the galaxy’s secrets and have seen a fair amount of success.
However, they are also aware of the fact that they can discover plenty of other things too.
One of their most recent discoveries has been the presence of molecular oxygen in a relatively unknown galaxy.
For those who do not know, molecular oxygen is a vital element of the air that we breathe.
For several years, it was common knowledge that there is no oxygen in space. Well, it looks like there is one galaxy.
It is light-years away, and based on some discoveries, could contain breathable oxygen.
What Led To This Discovery?
For years, scientists have been looking for intelligent life all over the universe.
Primarily, they were on the lookout for creatures that share similarities with human beings.
Since there’s always a chance that such entities could be living in an environment unsuitable for us, scientists decided to give space a try.
While they were not able to find otherworldly creatures, some clues led them to believe they could indeed exist in various undiscovered galaxies.
Such small discoveries made this pursuit seem exciting and worthwhile, which is why researchers dived deep into space exploration like no one else.
Eventually, a team from Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, captained by Junzhi Wang, claimed that they found oxygen in a distant galaxy known as “Markarian 231.”
It’s located more than 580 light-years from the Milky Way, where the team set up their space stations.
The discovery was a massive newsworthy moment.
However, that was not all.
Upon investigating the galaxy closely, the team of astronomers observed that there was some molecular oxygen in this newly discovered galaxy.
The astronomers used a powerful telescope known as the IRAM 30 to detect the oxygen.