Organic matter in space - An overview

Ewine F. van Dishoeck
2008 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
AbstractOrganic compounds are ubiquitous in space: they are found in diffuse clouds, in the envelopes of evolved stars, in dense star-forming regions, in protoplanetary disks, in comets, on the surfaces of minor planets, and in meteorites and interplanetary dust particles. This brief overview summarizes the observational evidence for the types of organics found in these regions, with emphasis on recent developments. TheStardustsample-return mission provides the first opportunity to study
more » ... ity to study primitive cometary material with sophisticated equipment on Earth. Similarities and differences between the types of compounds in different regions are discussed in the context of the processes that can modify them. The importance of laboratory astrophysics is emphasized.
doi:10.1017/s1743921308021078 fatcat:ytxj4lnx6rbclmoeoxy4bujq3y