Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2019

Scientists Discover First Proof Of Universe’s Most Ancient Molecule

Image of a planetary nebula from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

It has long been believed that the formation of the universe about 13.8 billion years ago during the Big Bang was followed about 100,000 years later by the creation of the first-ever type of molecule. As explained by Engadget, this molecule is known as helium hydride (HeH+), and scientists believe it was instrumental in helping the universe cool down ahead of the formation of the first stars. However, researchers had spent over nine decades trying to find evidence of HeH+ in space after it was originally discovered in a laboratory.

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Scientists Discover First Proof Of Universe’s Most Ancient Molecule