Buckyballs Go Extraterrestrial

  • Author: David Bradley
  • Published: 27 July 2010
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Source / Publisher: Science/AAAS
thumbnail image: Buckyballs Go Extraterrestrial

The all-carbon fullerene molecules, C60 and C70, have been found in space by using the infrared spectrograph on NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.


Canadian researchers analyzed data from the planetary nebula Tc 1 in the southern constellation Ara and now have convincing evidence that the fullerenes exist in cosmic dust. The discovery could resolve a 90-year old puzzle regarding the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) which were the inspiration for Sir Harry Kroto and his colleagues who discovered the fullerenes back in the 1990s. Astronomers and chemists have been at pains to explain DIBs since their discovery in 1919, their existence suggests an abundance of highly stable carbon compounds in the space between the stars.


Article Views: 1991

Sign in Area

Please sign in below

Additional Sign In options

Please note that to comment on an article you must be registered and logged in.
Registration is for free, you may already be registered to receive, e.g., the newsletter. When you register on this website, please ensure you view our terms and conditions. All comments are subject to moderation.

Article Comments - To add a comment please sign in

Bookmark and Share

If you would like to reuse any content, in print or online, from ChemistryViews.org, please contact us first for permission. more


CONNECT:

ChemistryViews.org on Facebook

ChemistryViews.org on Twitter ChemistryViews.org on YouTube ChemistryViews.org on LinkedIn Sign up for our free newsletter


A product of ChemPubSoc Europe (16 European Chemical Societies)and Wiley-VCH