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Release No.: 2017-29
For Release: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:00am

Astronomers Discover Traces of Methyl Chloride around Infant Stars and Nearby Comet

Organohalogen methyl chloride discovered by ALMA around the infant stars in IRAS 16293-2422.

Organohalogen methyl chloride discovered by ALMA around the infant stars in IRAS 16293-2422. These same organic compounds were discovered in the thin atmosphere surrounding 67P/C-G by the Rosetta space probe.

B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)

Approximate location of comet 67P/C-G when the Rosetta space probe discovered traces of methyl chloride

Approximate location of comet 67P/C-G when the Rosetta space probe discovered traces of methyl chloride -- the same molecule detected by ALMA around the IRAS 16293-2422 star-forming region.

NRAO/AUI/NSF