View Full Version : First Negatively Charged Space Molecules Discovered

2006-Dec-02, 02:57 AM
Until now, all the molecules discovered in space were either neutral or positive in charge. But astronomers have turned up a rare negative molecule called C6H-. Molecules like this are thought to be extremely rare in space, because the ultraviolet light radiated from stars easily knocks electrons off molecules, changing their polarity. The molecule was discovered in the vicinity of two nebulae by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/12/01/first-negatively-charged-space-molecules-discovered/)

2006-Dec-06, 02:23 AM
Why would the large size of the C6H- molecule increase it's stability?

And why does this finding imply
that more molecular anions, perhaps many, may now be found in the laboratory and in space?