Paris Observatory researchers have discovered that the Lovejoy comet has been spreading booze in the solar system. NASA explains that ethyl alcohol has been observed in the comet's tail.
The C/2014 Q2, also known as the comet "Lovejoy" was the fifth comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy in August 2014 using the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. As of late, astronomers at the Paris Observatory have discovered that it has been spreading alcohol in the solar system.
NASA has made it clear that this would be the first time that they have observed ethyl alcohol, which is found in wines and liquors, being emitted by the comet. The observatory has estimated at least 500 bottles of liquor per second was being dumped by the heavenly body through its tail.
Discovered earlier by a group of French researchers, not only ethyl alcohol was being disposed by Lovejoy but also 21 other different organic and molecular forms of gas, including a simple sugar substance called glycol aldehyde. And while this sugar-and-booze-vomiting comet would sound like an intergalactic Halloween playground, there are much more significant things to this encounter.
The recent discovery adds to the proof that these heavenly bodies could have been the very source for emergence of life on Earth. Comets being the earliest form of remnants in the solar system plus the latest discovery from Lovejoy adds up to the Big Bang theory. Celestial bodies like Lovejoy carried elements that might have jumpstarted the beginnings of life on Earth as comets hit the planet billions of years ago. Definitely, the theory stimulates that comets transport complex chemistries.
With this discovery, scientists are making their efforts to conclude if the organic elements found in comets came from the elemental cloud that molded the solar system billions of years ago, proving that the Big Bang theory was all along a law of science on how life and the universe all began.