Astrochemistry

Chemical Complexity in an Old Star

By Keith Cowing
July 10, 2007

Scientists from NAI’s University of Arizona Team have studied the outflow of VY Canis Majoris, an oxygen-rich supergiant star. Thier results show that, against expectations, an old, oxygen-rich star can synthesize a chemically varied molecular cocktail. The study is published in Nature, and a News and Views about the paper is also available. [Source: NAI Newsletter]

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