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Mysterious Buckyballs Found Throughout Interstellar Space Puzzled Scientists, Until Now

by University of Arizona

Researchers discovered a mechanism creating complex carbon molecules in a simulated planetary nebula environment.

Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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