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Centre of our galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum

Last updated on Jan. 23, 2021, 6:59 p.m. by None

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  Space science

Astronomers trying to get insight into this vast universe by studying a giant dust cloud at the heart of our galaxy (the Milky Way) have concluded that it would taste vaguely of raspberries.

The amusing discovery follows years of tedious work by astronomers who trained their 30m radio telescope on the gigantic ball of dust and gas in the hope of spotting complex molecules that are vital for life.

Discovering amino acids in interstellar space is a huge achievement for astrobiologists, as this would buttress the possibility of life emerging on other planets after being seeded with these molecules.

In their latest survey, astronomers combed through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the center of Milkyway. While they failed to find evidence for amino acids, they did discover a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical which is responsible for the unique flavor of raspberries.

Arnaud Belloche, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn observed that though the chemical happens to give raspberries their unique flavor, there are numerous other molecules that are required to make the extra special space raspberries.

The interesting part is, ethyl formate has another special characteristic: it also smells of rum.

In another study, researchers also found evidence for the lethal chemical propyl cyanide in the same cloud.

These findings got everyone talking as Amino acids are the core building blocks of proteins and are widely seen as being crucial for complex life to exist anywhere in the universe!



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