May 27, 2019 | 4:06 AM IST
buckyballs

NASA gets to know more about jelly-like ‘monster buckyballs’ between stars

A team of NASA researchers digged further into the decade-old data shedding light on the peculiar jelly-like molecule floating in the space.
The team, led by physicist Martin Cordiner of Goddard Space Flight Centre used data from The Hubble Space Telescope and claim that these monster molecules comprise 60 carbon atoms (C60) that look like a soccer ball and wobble in the interstellar in the spaces between stars.
The team has identified evidence of ionised buckminsterfullerene the carbon molecule which is also called buckyball. These enormous molecules get their name from the American architect and systems theorists Richard Buckminister Fuller, who invented the building structures known as geodesic domes that resembled the C60 structures
The telescope is placed outside the planet’s atmosphere and generates data with an extremely high signal-to-noise ratio. Reports say that their 174 different vibration patterns make them appear like gelatine under the microscope.

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