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The correct title of this article is Benzo[a]fluoranthene. The substitution or omission of any < > [ ] { } is because of technical restrictions.
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Molecular formula C20H12
Molar mass 252.3093
Appearance Orange-yellow needles
Melting point 144–145 °C
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Benzo[a]fluoranthene is an organic compound with the chemical formula C20H12.

In February 2014, NASA announced a greatly upgraded database for tracking polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including Benzo[a]fluoranthene, in the universe. According to scientists, more than 20% of the carbon in the universe may be associated with PAHs, possible starting materials for the formation of life. PAHs seem to have been formed shortly after the Big Bang, are widespread throughout the universe, and are associated with new stars and exoplanets.[1]


  1. ^ Hoover, Rachel (February 21, 2014). "Need to Track Organic Nano-Particles Across the Universe? NASA's Got an App for That". NASA. Retrieved February 22, 2014.