Volume 93 Issue 42 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 26, 2015 | Web Date: October 25, 2015

Alcohol And Sugar Molecule Spotted On Comet For First Time

Astronomy: Complex organics formed in nascent solar system, study suggests
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: comet, ethanol, glycoaldehyde, complex organics

Astronomers have for the first time detected ethanol and the simple sugar glycolaldehyde in a comet (Sci. Adv. 2015, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500863).

The observations add to the rapidly growing roster of complex organics found in comets and bolster the theory that such molecules somehow formed on icy dust grains during early solar system formation.

The report comes on the heels of the recent discovery of four other molecules never before seen in comets: methyl isocyanate, acetone, . . .

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