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Astrochemistry: September 2021


To date, 240 individual molecular species, comprised of 19 different elements, have been detected in the interstellar and circumstellar medium by astronomical observations.

Astronomers have mapped out the chemicals inside of planetary nurseries in extraordinary detail.

Small organic molecules, such as C2H, HCN, and H2CO, are tracers of the C, N, and O budget in protoplanetary disks.

The precursors to larger, biologically-relevant molecules are detected throughout interstellar space, but determining the presence and properties of these molecules during planet formation requires observations of protoplanetary disks at high angular resolution and sensitivity