Honeycomb carbon crystals possibly detected in space

By abe10tiger
Aug 20, 2011
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  1. Science News

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the signature of flat carbon flakes, called graphene, in space. If confirmed, this would be the first-ever cosmic detection of the material -- which is arranged like chicken wire in flat sheets that are one atom thick.

    An artist's concept of graphene, buckyballs and C70 superimposed on an image of the Helix planetary nebula, a puffed-out cloud of material expelled by a dying star. Image credit: (Credit: IAC/NASA/NOAO/ESA/STScI/NRAO)

    Source:Science Daily

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