NASA made a pretty sweet discovery last week.
The space agency recently found a comet that is spraying both sugar and alcohol into space, meaning it’s party time for aliens across the galaxy. Aptly named “Lovejoy” (we can’t make this stuff up), the space rock is actually releasing the same kind of alcohol we use in drinks, such as beer or liquor. Which means the comet is basically a giant open bar careening through space.
“We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,” Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory said in a statement.
Five hundred bottles per second?! We can only imagine the hangover.
Interestingly, however, NASA believes the discovery might shed some light on how life formed here on Earth: With a lot of alcohol-carrying comets.
“The result definitely promotes the idea the comets carry very complex chemistry,” Stefanie Milam of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said in a statement. “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.”
In this case, that “sophisticated” object may have been a comet loaded with booze. Or possibly a similar comet with a slightly different makeup. Nonetheless, this basically means life on Earth may have been set in motion by one massively drunken affair.
Now who’s up for a drink?