Comet Lovejoy releases alcohol and sugar
Q. Which of the following comet releases huge amount of alcohol as well as a type of sugar in space?- Published on 28 Oct 15
a. Comet Lovejoy
b. Halley's Comet
c. Comet McNaught
d. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
ANSWER: Comet Lovejoy
- Formally known as C/2014 Q2, Lovejoy released 20 tons of water per second when it passed close to the sun on Jan 30.
- It also releases Ethyl alcohol, the same found in alcoholic beverages, and glycoaldehyde, a simple sugar.