There is some really interesting news coming from outer space. A comet out in space that is carrying heavy amounts of alcohol. Yes, Alcohol… Although we won’t see it for another 8,000 years, it’s amusing to know that its capable of producing a lot of alcohol.
Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory, France, said, “We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity.” His team found 21 different organic molecules of gas in the comet, such as glycolaldehyde and ethyl alcohol.
For the average Joe, this may not mean anything as the comet is 8,000 years away. But for scientists, this may mean that life exists somewhere in the vast universe.
Stefanie Milam of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center explained, “The result definitely promotes the idea that comets carry very complex chemistry. During the Late Heavy Bombardment about 3.8 billion years ago, when many comets and asteroids were blasting into Earth and we were getting our first oceans, life didn’t have to start with just simple molecules like water, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen. Instead, life had something that was much more sophisticated on a molecular level.”
Comet Lovejoy is just one of the many celestial bodies that make up the universe.