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  • July 29, 2010

    Episode 288: Space Balls

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    Buckminsterfullerine or "Buckyballs" are carbon structures first discovered in a lab in 1985. Astronomers have long wondered if these molecules, comprised of hexagonal and pentagonal sections similar to a soccer ball, exist in space as well. Researchers using the Spitzer Space Telescope recently found the large molecules in the gas clouds of a planetary nebula. Their presence likely plays a role in many cosmic processes.