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V883 Orionis is a young star located approximately 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Orion. This star is experiencing a so-called FU Orionis type outburst, a sudden increase of luminosity due to a bursting torrent of material flowing from the protoplanetary disk to the star. This rare event has allowed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to detect five complex organic molecules — methanol, acetone, acetonitrile, acetaldehyde and methyl formate — in the disk around V883 Orionis.

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