First detection of methyl alcohol in a planet-forming disc

Posted by on June 15, 2016 1:51 pm
Categories: Science

The organic molecule methyl alcohol (methanol) has been found in the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disc. This is the first such detection of the compound in a young planet-forming disc. Its detection helps astronomers understand the chemical processes that occur during the formation of planetary systems and that ultimately lead to the creation of the ingredients for life.

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