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Alcohol could reveal the nature of cosmic magnetic fields

31 Jan 2018, 14:45 UTC
Alcohol could reveal the nature of cosmic magnetic fields L. Allen/X. Koenig (CfA)/JPL-Caltech/NASA

Complex molecules are scattered throughout the universe, and only in recent times have they been detectable. Now scientists have been able to measure magnetic fields in space using the molecule methanol, the simplest form of alcohol. The results from this study will help astronomers investigate how massive stars are born in dense and dark clouds.

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