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Friday, October 30, 2015

Comet Lovejoy: Goodies on tap

Take a bite out of the Milky Way!   (Photo by Evan-Amos)
Now you see it, now you don’t.  Comet Lovejoy, formerly known as C/2014 Q2 (not nearly as jolly), has recently been moving away from Earth.

Maybe that’s because terrestrial scientists have discovered its sweet secret:  Comet Lovejoy has gobs of sugar and alcohol, likely to be “stolen” by addicted Earthlings if at all possible.

And how have researchers figured this out?  CNN reports that they’ve utilized the “30-meter (almost 100 foot) diameter radio telescope at Pico Veleta… Spain.”  With this device, they were able to analyze frequencies of the material emanating from Comet Lovejoy.

Imagine having a seemingly infinite supply of ethyl alcohol…  Might not be so good.  After all, it was Stonewall Jackson who said:  I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.

Nevertheless, Frank Sinatra was more optimistic.  He once quipped:  Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy.


Copyright October 30, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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