Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Carbon-based molecules found in space

It was reported that researchers using data gathered by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope found eight types of complex carbon-based molecules in interstellar space. The molecules include acetamide, cyclopropenone, propenal, propanal and ketenimine, found in Sagittarius B2, and methyl-cyano-diacetylene, methyl-triacetylene and cyanoallene, found in the Taurus Molecular Cloud (TMC-1).

Sagittarius B2 is in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, around 26,000 ly from earth, while the TMC-1 is about 450 ly from Sagittarius B2.

Picture: model of acetamide

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