Interstellar molecular

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn, Germany and colleagues at Cornell University, USA, and the University of Cologne, Germany, have detected two complex organic molecules in interstellar space. The compounds, ethyl formate and n-propyl cyanide, are the most complex structures yet identified. Details were revealed during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science at the University of Hertfordshire, England, by MPI's Arnaud Belloche. He described the analysis of data from the IRAM 30-metre telescope in Spain, which was used to detect emission from molecules in the star-forming region Sagittarius B2 near the center of our galaxy.