Radioactive molecules in space – a first detection!

After a long search, a cosmic mystery has an answer. Astronomers have made the very first unambiguous detection of a radioactive molecule in space – an isotope of aluminium, found in the heart of a rare nova.

Scientists have long been searching for 26AlF – or Aluminium monofluoride – containing 26Al, but a direct observation has been exceptionally illusive.

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