What was the first molecule detected in space?

Hydrogen was probably the first molecule ever detected in outer space, but you’re probably thinking of something larger than that. If you exclude diatomic molecules (like H2, N2, O2, etc.), formaldehyde (H2CO) was the first molecule detected in space.


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