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University of Georgia Researchers Show Component of Mothballs is Present in Deep-space Clouds

September 2, 2009

chemistry graphic Researchers from the University of Georgia have just shown for the first time, that one component of clouds emitting unusual infrared light--known as the Unidentified Infrared Bands (UIB)--is a gaseous version of naphthalene, the chief component of mothballs back on Earth. The UIRs have been seen by astronomers for more than 30 years, but no one has ever identified which specific molecules cause these patterns. Full Story

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