Astronomers detect largest organic molecule ever found in a stellar 'dust trap'

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Message 2095760 - Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 3:45:00 UTC

Astronomers detect largest organic molecule ever found in a stellar 'dust trap'
Astronomers have detected the largest organic molecule ever seen in a cloud of planet-forming dust, potentially offering new insights into the way that the building blocks of life end up on planets.

Within the dusty ring, the researchers saw clear traces of an organic compound called dimethyl ether — a large molecule that's commonly detected in stellar nurseries (cold, dusty regions of space where new stars form) and is a precursor to crucial building blocks of life, such as amino acids and sugars, the team wrote in a study published Mar. 8 in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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