Abstract

This reprint from the Summer 1990 issue of Smithsonian Institution Research Reports discusses exotic molecules—spices—that yield clues to star formation and teach us about chemical bonds which appear to form differently from the way they do on earth.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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Schematics of the three interstellar carbon rings discovered to date. From top, silicon carbide, cyclopropenylidene, and a radical form of cyclopropenylidene.

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