International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Chai and Why? Astrochemistry: Exploring the outer space laboratory

Activity by Arnab Bhattacharya   |   added on Nov 04, 2011   |   India Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

Amazing chemical reactions happen in clouds of gas and dust that lie between the stars. These molecular clouds are billions of km across with cold atoms and molecules well-spaced and hit by cosmic rays. How do we know what molecules are there? What kind of chemical reactions dominate when it is so cold and rare?

Chai and Why? is TIFR's science cafe series, running twice a month in Mumbai. This year we take a special look at topics involving chemistry. Dr. Bhaswati Mookerjea, will speak on "Astrochemistry" - looking at the huge laboratory of outer space where many important chemical reactions happen in gas and dust clouds, some of which may have had impact on the evolution of life itself. 

Amazing chemical reactions happen in clouds of gas and dust that lie between the stars. These molecular clouds are billions of km across with cold atoms and molecules well-spaced hit by cosmic rays. How do we know what molecules are there? What kind of chemical reactions dominate when it is so cold and rare? 

While there has been a lot of focus on astrophysics, in this special year we'd like to tell people about the fascinating area of astrochemistry.


Topic: celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, seminars, educational materials Audience: students, general public, educators, teachers, educational institutions, secondary school students, high schools, school children, secondary schools students
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