Giant booze cloud discovered floating in the centre of galaxy by scientists

Scientists studying outer space have discovered a huge amount of alcohol floating at the centre of the galaxy.

Boffins from the Max Planck Institute in Germany found the massive molecule after training their high powered telescopes on a giant interstellar cloud of gas and dust known as Sagittarius B2.

However, it's unfortunately not the kind of booze you'd crack open to celebrate discovering just this kind of exciting cosmological breakthrough.

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Rather it's iso-propanol, the kind of alcohol that's used in the hand sanitisers, which have become an integral part of all our daily lives during the last few years.

It's the first time that the compound has been detected beyond Earth and it's in a region which is located about 400 light-years from the centre of the Milky Way known as the 'delivery room.'

It's called this because all kinds of celestial bodies such a stars and comets are formed within its gigantic expanse.

Also close by (although you wouldn't want to walk it) is Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole around which our entire galaxy is built.

Iso-propaol is, to date, the latest in around 276 different organic substances which have already been discovered in space, the study of which is extremely important to our understanding of how life can arise on planets.

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Rob Garrod from the University of Virginia in the USA, who co-authored the latest paper on the subject, said, "We're discovering molecules that are more and more complicated at the very early stages of star formation.

"Increasingly, we’re looking at a situation where life is potentially being given a head start by the chemistry happening very early on in space, before an actual planet is even formed."

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