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Science Straight Up – Complex Molecules in the Universe
Science Straight Up – Complex Molecules in the Universe
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Date/Time
Thursday, January 9th 2014
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Location
The Woolly Mammoth

Science Straight Up promotes community discussions about science in an informal atmosphere.  This month’s event features Eric Herbst, Commonwealth Professor, U.Va. Departments of Chemistry, Astronomy, and Physics.  He’ll explain how chemistry is not confined to the earth, or even to the solar system.  Astronomers peering with increasingly powerful telescopes have found molecules in giant clouds of gas and dust among stars in many galaxies in the universe.  Most of these molecules are organic in nature, which means that they contain the element carbon and are often involved with living organisms, at least on earth.  So-called “interstellar clouds” are not only home to many molecules, they are the birthplaces of stars and planets, so that the molecules detected there may indeed eventually be present in the initial stages of planets such as our own.  Free and open to all curious minds; no science background required.

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