January 15, 2020

First Ground-Based Detection of Complex Organic Molecules in a Comet

A team of astronomers have used the Subaru telescope on Maunakea to detect the presence of complex organic molecules from a comet (Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner) in our solar system. Comets are made mostly of ice and dust, both of which are remnants from the early Solar System. The discovery that complex organic molecules like amino acids can exist in comets suggests […]