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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.

astrochemistry

[¦as·trō′kem·ə·strē]
(astronomy)
The science that applies the principles of chemistry to matter in space.
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That bias gave way several years ago, when astrochemists discovered molecules of ammonia and formaldehyde containing two deuterium atoms, adds Lis.
Astrochemists have discovered another organic chemical in the same region of space where other researchers had identified the first extraterrestrial sugar (SN: 6/24/00, p.
The astrochemists used the 12 Meter Telescope on Kitt Peak near Tucson to detect the molecule's characteristic radio emissions.