On average, about half a dozen new species are detected in interstellar sources
each year. One of the new detections reported in 2009 was ethyl formate (C2H5OCHO).
Belloche et al. observed this organic molecule toward the
hot core region Sgr B2(N) with the
IRAM 30 m telescope in
Pico Veleta, Spain.
Ethyl formate is a very close cousin of
In contrast to last month's featured astromolecule
ethyl formate is a pleasant smelling
ester that is present in
rum and raspberries.