Extraterrestrial organic compounds in our solar system: origins and parent-body alterations
organic compounds, interstellar
While it is common knowledge that our earth is drenched with an incredibly broad suite of organic compounds, very few of the lay public are aware that many classes of organics, some in very high abundance, are found on most of the planets, moons, planetesimals and comets in our Solar System. In this talk, Dr Hilts will point out where in the Solar System these extraterrestrial organics have been found and which analytical methods were used to identify and quantify these species. During this journey beyond the Earth to the outer reaches of our Solar System he will also describe the most plausible mechanisms that have been proposed for the formation and subsequent chemical alteration of these “outer space organics”.
Presented on January 26, 2016 at the Faculty of Arts and Science: Physical Sciences Speaker Series at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.
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