We Just Found a MAJOR Clue About How Life Started in the Universe Thanks to Buckyballs

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discovered these electrically charged molecules shaped like soccer balls. These "buckyballs" could shed insight on the creation of stars and planets. Up above most of the atmosphere, the Hubble Space Telescope had an unobstructed view to observe the Diffuse Interstellar Bands, or DIBs, which are absorption features seen in astronomical objects. When we observe starlight, a broad range of colors are missing, and in patterns unlike any known atoms or molecules on Earth. These are the DIBs.After peering at blue supergiant stars along our galactic plane, the telescope spotted an absorption pattern scientists recognized, the signature of a molecule called C60. C60, made up of 60 carbon atoms arranged in a hollow sphere, strongly resembles a soccer ball, or the geodesic domes of Buckminster, hence its nickname of Buckyballs. Read More: Hubble finds tiny 'electric soccer balls' in space, helps solve interstellar mysteryhttps://phys.org/news/2019-06-hubble-tiny-electric-soccer-balls.html"The molecules identified by Cordiner and his team are a form of carbon called 'Buckminsterfullerene,' also known as 'Buckyballs,' which consists of 60 carbon atoms (C60) arranged in a hollow sphere." CONFIRMING INTERSTELLAR C+60 USING THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPEhttps://arxiv.org/pdf/1904.08821.pdf"The diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) are a series of several hundred broad absorption features that occur in opticalNIR spectra of stars as their light passes through the diffuseinterstellar medium (ISM)." Interstellar mediumhttps://www.nature.com/subjects/interstellar-medium"Interstellar medium is the space between the stars. The interstellar medium is composed of gas (predominantly hydrogen and helium) and dust. Such interstellar matter makes up approximately 15% of the visible matter in our galaxy." ____________________Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond.Seeker explains every aspect of our world through a lens of science, inspiring a new generation of curious minds who want to know how today’s discoveries in science, math, engineering and technology are impacting our lives, and shaping our future. Our stories parse meaning from the noise in a world of rapidly changing information. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seekerSeeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/