ChevScience

A weblog of popular science

  • Blog Stats

    • 2,991 hits
  • Meta

  • Categories

  • April 2012
    M T W T F S S
    « Mar   May »
     1
    2345678
    9101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
    30  
  • RSS astronomy

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • ChevPhyscs

    • Recent Comments

      Andrew B on Assessment Task 2 is ready to…
      C on Two Planets Discovered Sharing…
    • Archives

    • Advertisements

    Buckyball Solids Found in Space

    Posted by ChevScience on April 26, 2012

    Buckyballs are microscopic spheres, where 60 carbon atoms are arranged — with alternating patterns of hexagons and pentagons — into a football-like pattern. The unusual structure makes them incredibly strong, and ideal candidates for things like superconducting materials, medicines, water purification and armor.

    buckyball.jpg

    After finding gaseous clouds of buckyballs in space last year, astronomers have now discovered the carbon balls in a solid form, around a pair of stars some 6,500 light-years from Earth.

    The research team was able to identify the solid form of buckyballs because they emit light in a unique way that differs from the gaseous form. In all, the team detected enough solid buckyballs to fill the equivalent in volume to 10,000 Mount Everests. Learn more here.

     

    Advertisements

    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

     
    %d bloggers like this: