Make That A RASPBERRY Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
April 22, 2009 3:55 PM Subscribe
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Astronomers searching for amino acids in space have discovered something unexpected -- the center of our galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum.
Scans of the Sagittarius B
molecular cloud near the galaxy's center have turned up a good number of ethyl formate
molocules; ethyl formate smells a lot like rum, and is one of the components of the flavor of raspberries.
However, alongside the ethyl formate molocules, they also picked up evidence of 50 other interstellar molecules
in the vicinity of a new-formed star.
The size and complexity of the ethyl formate molecules suggests that larger proteins could also form in space -- what they'll smell like, though, is anyone's guess.