This artist's animation illustrates vibrating buckyballs -- spherical molecules of carbon discovered in space for the first time by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.


Buckyballs Jiggle like Jello

These spherical molecules of carbon, known as buckyballs, jiggle, shimmy and shake.

Some vibrations cause the molecules to either absorb or generate infrared light, causing patterns that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope could detect.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. California Institute of Technology.
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