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Hubble spots football shaped carbon molecules in area beyond the solar system

It was also the first instance of these molecules being spotted in the interstellar medium (ISM) — matter and radiation that exists between start systems in a galaxy. It is necessary to identify the elements that are found in this area. Life on Earth is carbon-based and now it has been found in an area that was considered to be too harsh to survive. Prior to the detection of C60, the largest known molecules in space were only 12 atoms in size. According to Cordiner, based on their observations so far, it seems that C60+ is very widespread in the Galaxy.

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