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Astronomers using the NASA Spitzer Space Telescopes have discovered buckyballs for the first time in space. These all-carbon molecules are now considered the largest molecule ever discovered in space. A single buckyball is about 1 nanometer across--about three times larger than a water molecule.

 

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NASA's Spitzer space telescope has been detecting infrared light from distant objects for over five years. But it has almost run out of the liquid helium which makes that possible by cooling the instruments to within 3 degrees of absolute zero.

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According to NASA, a black hole at the center of a large galaxy is assaulting its smaller sister galaxy with a jet full of deadly radiation. The two galaxies, called 3C321, are in orbit about each other.              
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