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UPDATED: 16:41, April 04, 2006
Huge methyl alcohol found in galaxy
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Astronomers of the Royal Astronomical Society spotted a cloud of methyl alcohol that measures 463 billion km across in a region of the Milky Way call W3(OH), said the discoverers in a press release on Monday.

The vast bridge-shaped cloud of methyl alcohol was discovered in deep space where stars are being formed by the gravitational collapse of concentrations of gas and dust, said astronomers based at Britain's Jodrell Bank Observatory led by Lisa Harvey-Smith, who will present their work on Tuesday at a meeting in Leicester, central England.

The finding could shed light on how giant stars are formed from primordial gas.

The methyl alcohol, which is also called methanol, was spotted for the first time in 2004 in one of the disk-like clusters that form around nascent stars.

That discovery challenges the conventional view that interstellar chemistry could not provide the conditions for creating complex molecules.

Source: Xinhua

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