“Momentous Shift” –Emergence of 1st Molecule 100,000 Years After the Big Bang

First Molecule in the Cosmos


“It was the beginning of chemistry,” said David Neufeld, a professor of molecular astrophysics  at John Hopkins University and co-author of a study published Wednesday detailing how—after a multi-decade search—scientists finally detected the elusive molecule HeH+ in space — the first step on a path of increasing complexity in the Universe, “as momentous a shift as the one from single-cell to multicellular life on Earth,” he told AFP. “The discovery is a dramatic and beautiful demonstration of Nature’s tendency to form molecules.”