|The Rho Ophiuchi star formation region|
This find is more than an amusing curiosity. Hydrogen peroxide is formed when two hydrogen atoms link up with two oxygen atoms (H2O2), a pair of elements critical for life. Moreover, take just one oxygen out of hydrogen peroxide and you get water (H2O). So, further study of this molecule's chemistry out in deep space may help astronomers better understand the formation of water in the universe.
Image Credit: ESO/S. Guisard