Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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CN-

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_5126-1

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Definition

Radio astronomers have detected the cyanide anion, CN, in the circumstellar envelope of the evolved carbon-rich star CW Leo (also called IRC+10216). It is the smallest molecular anion (2 atoms) thus far identified in such regions (the anions C3N and C5N, for example, had previously been observed). For references, see Molecules in Space.

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Keywords

Bioorganic Chemistry Radio Astronomy Molecular Anion Circumstellar Envelope Cyanide Anion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA