Ice in space might flow like honey and bubble like champagne

Radiation makes ice act like a liquid, a helpful state for growing organic molecules

Cepheus B

STELLAR PETRI DISH  The nurseries where stars are born, like Cepheus B (shown), are bathed in ultraviolet radiation. That radiation could make ice act like a liquid and help organic molecules form in space.

K. Getman et al/PSU/CXC/NASA (X-ray); J. Wang et al CfA/JPL-Caltech/NASA (IRL)

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