Complex molecules were found in a chemically primitive galaxy. Image: Pixabay
Surprisingly complex organic molecules found outside our galaxy

New observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed the presence of complex organic molecules in the Large Magellanic Cloud. This is very surprising, as heavy elements such as carbon, oxygen and nitrogen are essentially absent in this galaxy. They are nevertheless necessary to form molecules as methanol, dimethyl ether and methyl formate that have now been detected here. Also, it is the first time that the latter two molecules have been found outside our galaxy.

Read the full story: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Scientific publication: The Astrophysical Journal Letters