ALMA catches stellar cocoon with curious chemistry: First of its kind to be found outside the Milky Way

Posted by on September 29, 2016 12:20 pm
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A hot and dense mass of complex molecules, cocooning a newborn star, has been discovered astronomers using ALMA. This unique hot molecular core is the first of its kind to have been detected outside the Milky Way galaxy. It has a very different molecular composition from similar objects in our own galaxy — a tantalizing hint that the chemistry taking place across the Universe could be much more diverse than expected.

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