We assume the space as cold, dark and empty layer. However, astronomers have a different view of space. The astronomers believe that the interstellar space is filled with a permeable membrane comprised of a fine mixture of grease-like molecules. The current space study provides precise information about ‘space grease’ in the Milky Way. For their research to progress, the researchers worked out a laboratory model with carbon-based compounds.
This research involved the scientists from Australia and Turkey. Professor Tim Schmidt says, “The windscreen of a future spaceship traveling through interstellar space might be expected to get a sticky coating.” Professor Tim Schmidt is a chemist from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is also the co-author of the current study.
Tim further adds, “Amongst other stuff it’ll run into is interstellar dust, which is partly grease, partly soot and partly silicates like sand. Adding that the grease is swept away within our solar system by the solar wind.”
The research analysis brings the scientists one step closer to figure out the total carbon amount in interstellar space. It is this carbon presence which fuels the stars and planets formation and supports the existence of life.
Till now, there was uncertainty regarding the amount of carbon drifting between the stellar bodies. Half of the amount of total carbon is found to present in pure carbon form. Whatever amount remains is chemically bonded with hydrogen. This bonding may occur in two types: aliphatic carbon or a gaseous version of naphthalene. The aliphatic carbon represents a grease-like form. The gaseous version of naphthalene is the chemical constituent of mothballs.
To find a rejoinder to this question, Schmidt and his associates worked out a laboratory model illustrating the formation of greasy carbon in the outflow of carbon stars. The greasy carbon material was collected. It was further analyzed with the help of spectroscopy. The spectroscopy use was meant to demonstrate how strongly does it absorbs light of different wavelengths.