The Milky Way is full of fat (yes, you read it well even if it’s hard to believe)

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A new study from Australia and Turkey tries to recreate interstellar dust in a laboratory. The objective is to know the amount of matter in outer space and also learn about the beginning of life. For that, they made an estimate of fat molecules in the interstellar dust to know how much is beyond the Solar System in our Milky Way.

According to the researchers’ calculations, our galaxy has enough fat to fill 40 trillion trillion trillion packets of butter. For every thousand atoms of hydrogen there are 100 atoms of fat. According to them, it looks a lot like soot but with a more greasy consistency, similar to what the Curiosity robot recently found on Mars.

Carbon, contained in that matter, is a fundamental element for the emergence of life, so this study could take a look at how stars and planets are formed. Essentially it is found in space in two ways, as a space fat and as an aromatic hydrocarbon. Having obtained a number for the first, it is time to analyze the second in future investigations.

But do not give yourself any illusions that this fat can really be eaten, because in reality it is probably toxic and, in addition, quite dirty. Using a spectroscope, the scientists determined what types of infrared light is capable of absorbing, in order to analyze with the instruments the presence of fat in the data of nearby stars.