Recently Added Non-Detections: methoxyacetaldehyde, methyl ketene, 1-2-butanediol

Recently Added Isotopologues: DC7N + 6 13C-isotopologues

Molecules can exist in a wide range of astrophysical environments, from the extremely cold regions between stars to the atmospheres of stars themselves.

To date, nearly 200 molecular species have been tentatively or definitively identified in interstellar or circumstellar clouds, while about 50 have been identified in studies of comets in our solar system. Numerous isotopologues of interstellar and circumstellar molecules have also been observed.

Some detections reported on these pages may be controversial, but all are taken from the peer-reviewed astronomical literature. A questionable identification may be removed at a later date if circumstances warrant.

Jacque Crovisier has amassed a comprehensive compilation of species observed to date in the interstellar medium, in comets, or in non-terrestrial planetary atmospheres, plus additional ones which may prove to be found.

UPDATED 9/2018: Brett McGuire has published a compendium about astromolecules observed in the ISM, CSM, extragalatic sources, protoplanetary disks, and exoplanets that documents the discovery of each. It also provides a very nice overview about astronomical observation and the underlying spectroscopy associated with detecting molecules. The 68 page article is currently available as a preprint at arXiv and will appear in ApJL.

Interstellar & Circumstellar Molecules
Cometary Molecules
Molecules on Planetoids
Protoplanetary Disk Molecules
Planetary Molecules
Exoplanetary Molecules
Molecules in Brown Dwarfs and Stellar Atmospheres

Maintained by DE Woon
Updated 2 December 2018