OMG, it's full of Himbeeren!


ZOMG! Wissenschaftler haben herausgefunden, dass das Zentrum unserer Galaxis nach Himbeeren schmeckt. I shit you not! Auf der Suche nach Aminosäuren haben sie in der Staubwolke Sagittarius B2 zwar leider keine Aliens gefunden, dafür aber Ethylformiat oder auch Ameisensäureethylester und dieses Zeug ist verantwortlich für den Geschmack von Himbeeren. Und es riecht nach Rum. Das Zentrum der Galaxis besteht aus Himbeerschnaps, der pangalaktische Donnergurgler ebenso. Wer hätte das gedacht.

Finding amino acids in interstellar space is a Holy Grail for astrobiologists, as this would raise the possibility of life emerging on other planets after being seeded with the molecules.

In the latest survey, astronomers sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the centre of our galaxy. While they failed to find evidence for amino acids, they did find a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavour of raspberries.

"It does happen to give raspberries their flavour, but there are many other molecules that are needed to make space raspberries," Arnaud Belloche, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, told the Guardian.

Curiously, ethyl formate has another distinguishing characteristic: it also smells of rum.

Galaxy's centre tastes of raspberries and smells of rum, say astronomers (via MeFi)