09 Jan '15, 5pm

Map of mysterious molecules sheds new light on century-old puzzle #electronics

Map of mysterious molecules sheds new light on century-old puzzle #electronics

By analyzing the light of hundreds of thousands of celestial objects, Johns Hopkins astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created a unique map of enigmatic molecules in our galaxy that are responsible for puzzling features in the light from stars. The map, which can be viewed at http://is.gd/dibmap , was unveiled Jan. 8 at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle. "Seeing where these mysterious molecules are located is fascinating," said Brice Ménard, a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University. Gail Zasowski, another Johns Hopkins astronomer who played a key role in the project, added, "This new map required analyzing huge amounts of data and using the power of statistical analyses." These puzzling features in the light from stars, which astronomers call "Diffuse Interstellar Bands" (DIB...

Full article: http://www.ecnmag.com/news/2015/01/map-mysterious-molecul...

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