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University of Basel

16 July 2015

Old Astronomic Riddle on the Way to Be Solved

Ionized Buckminsterfullerene (C60+) is present at the gas-phase in space.
Ionized Buckminsterfullerene (C60+) is present at the gas-phase in space.

Scientists at the University of Basel were able to identify for the first time a molecule responsible for the absorption of starlight in space: the positively charged Buckminsterfullerene, or so-called football molecule. Their results have been published in the current issue of “Nature”.

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