TBC: It has been said that God has a sense of humor. Sometimes it seems to be manifested when the arrogant ignorance of man's theories run up against the obvious, in this case "design."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cosmic nebulae usually look like blobs in space, but astronomers using the Spitzer Space Telescope reported on [March 15] they have found a nebula twisted like the double helix of DNA.
"Nobody has ever seen anything like that before in the cosmic realm," said Mark Morris of the University of California, Los Angeles. Most nebulae are "formless, amorphous conglomerations of dust and gas," Morris said in a statement, adding that this one "indicates a high degree of order."
The discovery of the twisted nebula, which stretches across 80 light-years at the center of the Milky Way, the galaxy that includes Earth, was reported in the current edition of the journal Nature.
"We see two intertwining strands wrapped around each other as in a DNA molecule," said Morris, lead author of the Nature article.
DNA, which forms the basic material in chromosomes, has a molecule that looks like a twisted ladder, known as a double helix.