Episode 61: Molecules: Where Chemistry Meets Astronomy, with Jan Cami

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Feature Guest: Jan Cami

cami_300-115x150Did you know that buckyballs, complex soccer-ball shaped molecules formed from 60 carbon atoms, were recently discovered deep in interstellar space. Or that the centre of the Milky Way galaxies tastes like raspberries and smells like rum? And what about recently discovered WEIRDOS? Atoms and molecules may be small, but they can tell us lot about the very large, from the temperature of stars to the evolution of galaxies to the startling locations where life might be found. For more on the chemistry of the universe, today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Jan Cami


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About our Guest

Jan Cami is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Western Ontario. His research is in molecular spectroscopy, dust mineralogy and diffuse interstellar bands. Cami has worked as a research scientist with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI and is deeply involved in astronomy outreach


Jan Cami Faculty Page

Space Buckyballs (SETI Talk)

Buckyballs detected in space (CBC)

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