from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The chemistry of stars and interstellar space.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The study of the chemical composition of stars and outer space
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the branch of science involving astronomy and chemistry which studies the chemical composition, chemical reactions, and evolution of matter in outer space.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of astronomy which treats of what is known of the chemistry of the celestial bodies.
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A look at astrochemistry is really a look into our own origins as living beings on the planet Earth.
I might have written more, if I'd not had to spend so much time reading and researching and answering questions about astrochemistry, spectroscopy, exogenesis, organic chemistry, and South Korean history.
Remember, you can learn more about ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, an up-and-coming radio telescope high in the Chilean Andes that will probe astrochemistry like never before, from their website, Richard Drumm's 365DoA podcast, or my first URSI update.
They are astrobiologists now, but have backgrounds in physics, planetary sciences, and astrochemistry.
It would probably also be to your benefit to look up some of the simple molecules found in astrochemistry, and of the interesting condensation reactions that some simple carbonyl compounds spontaneously undergo to give surprisingly complex molecules, sometimes with high diastereoselectivities even in the absence of chiral input.
An entirely new branch of chemistry developed, with consequences in such diverse areas as astrochemistry, superconductivity and materials chemistry/physics.
"With millimeter and submillimeter waves, we can watch planet formation, investigate astrochemistry and detect the light that is finally reaching us from the universe's earliest galaxies," said Alison Peck, an NRAO astronomer serving as ALMA deputy project scientist during construction.
"But," says Robin Garrod, a researcher in astrochemistry at Cornell University, "the really large molecules don't seem to build up this way, atom by atom."
The Planets: Their Origin and Development (1952) and helped to develop the field of cosmochemistry or astrochemistry.
The Center forges a unique research collaboration among leading scientists in the field of astrochemistry from the University of Arizona, The Ohio State University, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and a group of chemists and physicists at the University of Virginia engaged in research to understand the fundamentals of chemical reactions.