Buckyballs in Space

Spitzer_sig10-022_1024

spitzer_sig10-022 October 27th, 2010

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC/Caltech)

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has detected buckyballs - intriguing, miniature-soccer-ball-shaped molecules - in interstellar space for the first time. With these new results, the buckyball claims the record for the largest molecule ever discovered floating between the stars. This artists conception shows buckyballs floating in interstellar space, near a region of current star-formation.

Provider: Spitzer Space Telescope

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/3417-sig10-022-Buckyballs-in-Space

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Use Policy: Public Domain

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Artwork
Subject - General
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Black Hole
Star > Circumstellar Material > Disk > Accretion
Galaxy > Activity > AGN > Quasar
Galaxy > Component > Center/Core
Spitzer_sig10-022_1280
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ID
sig10-022
Subject Category
E.3.1.10.   E.3.7.2.2.   E.5.3.2.1.   E.5.4.9.  
Subject Name
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC/Caltech)
Release Date
2010-10-27
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/3417-sig10-022-Buckyballs-in-Space
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Artwork
Image Quality
Good
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Equinox
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FITS Header
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Spitzer Space Telescope
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
Name
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1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
Public Domain
Publisher
Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
sig10-022.tif
Metadata Date
2011-09-01
Metadata Version
1.1
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