Lovejoy released as much alcohol as what is in 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak, according to the Science Advances Team at the Paris Observatory. Ethyl Alcohol and glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar, are just two of the 21 different organic molecules discovered in the gas from the comet.
Comets are frozen remnants of the solar system’s formation. When they travel near the sun, the composition heats up and releases gases, allowing scientist to study it’s clues. This particular finding excites the astronomical community because its adds evidence that comets could be a source of organic molecules necessary for life.
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