Discovery of the interstellar chiral molecule propylene oxide (CH3CHCH2O)

@article{McGuire2016DiscoveryOT,
  title={Discovery of the interstellar chiral molecule propylene oxide (CH3CHCH2O)},
  author={Brett A. McGuire and P. Brandon Carroll and Ryan A. Loomis and Ian A Finneran and Phil R. Jewell and Anthony J. Remijan and Geoffrey A. Blake},
  journal={Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={352},
  pages={1449 - 1452}
}
Chiral molecule discovered in space A chiral molecule is one that has two forms that are mirror images of each other: enantiomers. Biological systems overwhelmingly use one enantiomer over another, and some meteorites show an excess of one type. The two forms are almost identical chemically, so how this excess first arose is unknown. McGuire et al. used radio astronomy to detect the first known chiral molecule in space: propylene oxide. The work raises the prospect of measuring the enantiomer… Expand
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