Scientists have confirmed the presence of electrically-charged molecule called carbon 60 in the interstellar medium. It is a type of carbon molecule that are arranged in the shape of football.
According to scientists it was unexpected to find large molecules like these in the interstellar medium. Before, the detection of C60, the largest known molecules in space was only 12 atoms in size. Confirmation of C60+ shows the complex nature of astrochemistry and shows that complex carbon molecules can form and survive in the harsh environment of interstellar space.