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  • December 13, 2013

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Professor KOO BonChul Discovers Phosphorous From Space

Professor KOO BonChul of the Department of Physics and Astronomy discovered a substantial amount of phosphorous out in space, an element which is a component of DNA and human bones. This proves that the major 6 elements needed to preserve life -- carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous and sulfur -- all originate from the universe. The SNU, Toronto University and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics joint research team succeeded in observing infrared rays emitted by phosphorous at the Cassiopeia A spot. The observed amount of phosphorous this time is 100 times stronger than what is usually observed. The research team believes this phosphorous was created some 300 years ago when a star, 15 to 25 times larger than the sun, exploded. The specifics of this discovery were published in the December 12 publication of Science.

Summarized by LEE Hee Un, SNU English Editor,
Proofread by Brett Johnson, SNU English Editor,

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