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NASA discovers enough carbon mega-molecules to fill 10,000 Mount Everests [Astronomy]

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

They might be microscopic, but as far as molecules go, buckyballs are absolutely gigantic. These soccer ball shaped molecules are made of 60 carbon molecules each, and new data from the Spitzer Telescope suggest they are everywhere in the universe. More »
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Carbon Spaceballs Spotted in Cosmic Dust

Academics / General Science : Science & Health from Newser (4 years ago)

A type of carbon only seen before in Earth laboratories has been spotted in a cloud of cosmic dust by NASA's Spitzer telescope. "Buckyballs"—soccer ball-sized molecules made up of 60 carbon atoms—are the largest molecules ever seen ... Read Post

NASA telescope finds elusive buckyballs in space for first time

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (4 years ago)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered carbon molecules, known as "buckyballs," in space for the first time. Buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules that were first observed in a laboratory 25 years ago... Read Post

Score! NASA spots soccer-ball shape buckyballs in space

Technology / Gadgets : Crave (3 years ago)

NASA's Spitzer telescope found solid buckyballs for the first time in a pile big enough to fill 10,000 Mount Everests. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ) Astronomers have discovered solid soccer-ball shaped molecules called buckyballs in s... Read Post


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