Cheers! Scientists find Comet Lovejoy is releasing alcohol into space

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Picture of the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on 12 February 2015 from 50km south of Paris. Credits: Fabrice Noel

(NASA)– Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team.

The discovery marks the first time ethyl alcohol, the same type in alcoholic beverages, has been observed in a comet.