lovejoy comet

Booze Comet Lovejoy

For the first time ever, scientists have detected ethyl alcohol — the kind that makes booze — in emissions from a comet. Comet Lovejoy, is quite aptly named: The ball of ice and dust, which releases the equivalent of about 500 bottles of wine each second during its peak activity, also emits a type of sugar. This marks the first time that ethyl alcohol and sugar have been found on a comet, and adds to the mounting body of evidence that comets could be carriers for the organic molecules necessary for life. So raise a glass to comet lovejoy!
Art by Makena Peet – story and more info by CNET

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