Noble Gas Found In Crab Nebula

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Astronomers in the UK studying supernovae detected noble gas molecules for the first time ever in space.

    Astronomers in the UK have, for the first time ever, detected noble gas molecules in space.  Using the Herschel telescope to  survey the dust in several bright supernova remnants, they discovered the chemical fingerprint of argon hydride ions.  They didn’t expect to find these molecules in such a harsh environment.  While observing the Crab Nebula, they realized that it provides exactly the right conditions for noble gas molecules to form.