Synthesizing interstellar organic molecules

Experimental, computational, and modeling evidence reveals that cosmic rays can activate chemical reactions within interstellar ices at temperatures as low as 10 K, and that these reactions can produce complex organic molecules, findings that may offer insights into the origin and evolution of biological molecules in the universe, according to a study. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-04426: “A study of interstellar aldehydes and enols as tracers of a cosmic ray-driven nonequilibrium synthesis of complex organic molecules,” by Matthew J. Abplanalp et al.