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astrochemistry

(ass-troh-kem -iss-tree) The study of the chemistry of celestial bodies and of the intervening regions of space. It involves the detection and identification, principally by spectroscopy, of the inorganic and organic chemicals present and the study of the reactions by which these neutral and charged atoms and molecules could have been produced and of future chemical processes. See also molecular-line radio astronomy.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006

astrochemistry

[¦as·trō′kem·ə·strē]
(astronomy)
The science that applies the principles of chemistry to matter in space.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Anions have so far been neglected in most of the current astrochemical models, but our findings suggest that they might play" an important role in these chemical networks," says Sandra Brunken of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., a coauthor of one of two studies on octatetraynyl in the July 20 Astrophysical Journal Letters.