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Science NASA telescope detects massive cloud of 'buckyballs' hurtling through space (+video)

Space carbon spheres, known as buckyballs have recently been discovered by NASA astronomers. Scientists compare these tiny particle clouds to soccer balls, or oranges in a crate.

By SPACE.com StaffSpace.com / February 23, 2012

Courtesy of SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE COURTESY OF NASA/JPL

For the first time, astronomers have discovered the solid form of tiny carbon spheres in deep space inside a vast cloud of particles locked in orbit around two distant stars.