Carbon on a Cosmic Scale

Science  18 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5397, pp. 2149
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5397.2149o

The carbon atoms that make up organic matter on Earth was originally synthesized in interiors of stars. Henning and Salama (p. 2204) review the current understanding of the distribution of carbon in interstellar space, which encompasses species ranging from atomic carbon and molecular forms to larger solid particles.

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