Argon hydride ions found in space for the first time

December 12, 2013 7:06 PM

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Professor Mike Barlow with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London and his team from the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory announced the first discovery of noble gas in the known universe outside of Earth in the Dec. 12, 2013, issue of the journal Science.

Argon gas does not react with other elements at normal temperatures. The temperatures necessary to form an ionized hydride gas were produced by the star that went supernova and formed the Crab Nebula. Energy from the neutron star at the heart of the nebula appears to have ionized the argon, which th...

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