Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. 24/7 Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



IRON AND ICE
Comet Lovejoy found to emit alcohol, sugar into space
by Marilyn Malara
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2015


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

A new discovery from the bright comet Lovejoy advances the theory that the celestial objects assisted in the development of life on Earth.

According to an international team of researchers including scientists from NASA, Lovejoy has been found to emit ethyl alcohol, the kind found in beverages, and a type of sugar as it passes through space. In addition to the two compounds, the team determined 19 other organic molecules. A report of their observations was published this week in the journal Science Advances.

"We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity," said lead author Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory in a statement.

Scientists observed Lovejoy, or comet C/2014 Q2, as it passed close to the sun earlier this year, forcing it to release water at the rate of 20 tons per second. Using a telescope in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain, they were also able to observe its microwave glow at its brightest.

"The result definitely promotes the idea the comets carry very complex chemistry," said NASA co-author Stefanie Milam. "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."

Milam believes comets' emissions had something to do with complicating Earth's ancient chemistry, altering it to produce more complex organic building blocks like those of proteins and DNA. Astronomers who study comets believe, because the celestial bodies are considered pristine, they hold answers to the development of the solar system.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Asteroid and Comet Mission News, Science and Technology






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
IRON AND ICE
Comet Encke: A solar windsock observed by NASA's STEREO
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 14, 2015
Much like the flapping of a windsock displays the quick changes in wind's speed and direction, called turbulence, comet tails can be used as probes of the solar wind - the constant flowing stream of material that leaves the sun in all directions. According to new studies of a comet tail observed by NASA's Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, the vacuum of interplanetary ... read more


IRON AND ICE
Watch worn by US astronaut on Moon sells for $1.6 mn

Europe-Russia Lunar mission will make them friends again

Mound near lunar south pole formed by unique volcanic process

Lunar Pox

IRON AND ICE
Landing site recommended for ExoMars 2018

You too can learn to farm on Mars

The Martian Astrobiologist

Opportunity parked for solar panels to charge up for winter

IRON AND ICE
The Study of Science through Popular Movies

Reentry data will help improve prediction models

Hold on to your hoverboard: 'Back to the Future' is now

Journaling: Astronauts chronicle missions

IRON AND ICE
The Last Tiangong

China aims to go deeper into space

Latest Mars film bespeaks potential of China-U.S. space cooperation

Exhibition on "father of Chinese rocketry" opens in U.S.

IRON AND ICE
RSC Energia patented inflatable space module for ISS

Clearing the Space Fog on ISS

International Space Agencies Meet to Advance Space Exploration

Meet the International Docking Adapter

IRON AND ICE
Ariane 5 is delivered for Arianespace's sixth heavy-lift mission of 2015

ORBCOMM Announces Launch Window For Second OG2 Mission

10th Anniversary of the Final Titan

China puts new communication satellite into orbit for HK company

IRON AND ICE
NASA's K2 Finds Dead Star Vaporizing a Mini 'Planet'

Cosmic 'Death Star' is destroying a planet

Most earth-like worlds have yet to be born, according to theoretical study

Airbus DS ready to start testing exoplanet tracker CHEOPS

IRON AND ICE
Nanoscale diamond 'racetrack' becomes breakthrough Raman laser

Deutsche Telekom, Huawei in cloud link to rival Amazon

Ukraine to receive U.S. radars by mid-November

Metal defects can be eliminated by cyclic loading




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement