There's A Comet Named 'Lovejoy' And It's Made Of Sugar And Booze


Attention space-loving party animals everywhere: The Lovejoy comet is whizzing around the galaxy just for you.

According to new data published in Science Advances, the giant space ball made up of ice and cosmic dust is also spewing about 20 tons of water per second.

That water also happens to contain ethyl alcohol -- the kind that makes up the booze we drink.

Comet Lovejoy pretty much spews sugar and booze, study finds. The Washington Post did the math, and according to their calculations, Lovejoy is releasing about 500 bottles of wine per second during its peak activity. Lovejoy also emits a pretty solid amount of sugar in the form of glycoaldehyde.

While it's cool to know there is a comet out there riding both a buzz and a sugar high, it's even cooler to know comets like Lovejoy actually contain the building blocks to all cosmic life.

The study's co-author, Stefanie Milam of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement,

So, long story short, we all come from a sugary, space cocktail. Now go and celebrate life with a giant margarita.

Citations: Comet Lovejoy pretty much spews sugar and booze, study finds (The Washington Post)