In fact, this acid is so basic that ants' bodies can make it. The latest discoveries have boosted the researchers' morale because the molecules are as large as the simplest amino acid, glycine. The molecule was found in Sagittarius B2 (Sgr B2), a giant molecular cloud of gas located approximately 390 light years from the center of the Milky Way. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are widely seen as being critical for complex life to exist anywhere in the universe. But we’re not talking about your standard cumulonimbus or cirrus, but a giant dust cloud close to the centre of the milky way called Sagittarius B2. Now, if you’re wondering what these space spirits may taste or smell like, Sagittarius B2 has an answer. If you have ever been stung or sprayed with ant venom, you have probably felt the sting of formic acid. As improbable as this sounds, the discovery was made when astronomers from the Max Plank Institute used the IRAM radio telescope in Spain to study Sagittarius B2, a … So maybe we should say that rum smells of cosmic dust cloud, and raspberries taste of it. No, really. Sagittarius B2 (Sgr B2) is a giant molecular cloud of gas and dust that is located about 120 parsecs (390 ly) from the center of the Milky Way.This complex is the largest molecular cloud in the vicinity of the core and one of the largest in the galaxy, spanning a region about 45 parsecs (150 ly) across. 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. Ethyl Formate • A Super cool Chemical Found in Sgr B2 • Responsible for the taste of Raspberries! Currently the search continues, but scientists are ever hopeful as they find larger and more complex molecules out there. Sagittarius B2, a giant molecular cloud of gas and dust found about 390 light years from the center of the Milky Way, contains huge amounts of ethyl formate. Sagittarius B2, you mean. No, really. Ethyl formate has a role to play in both fruit and wine. 7 years ago. The total mass of Sgr B2 is about 3 million times the mass of the Sun. That means to consume all the alcohol in Sagittarius B2, every person on Earth would have to drink 300,000 pints of beer everyday for a billion years!. In the latest survey, astronomers sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the centre of our galaxy. Curiously, ethyl formate has another distinguishing characteristic: it also smells of rum. Sadly, considering that the Sagittarius B2 dust cloud in which it was detected is around 25,000 light years from Earth, so we’re unlikely to be able to put the raspberry-flavoured theory to the test any time soon! The more complex molecules are created when smaller molecules attach to dust particles in space and combine when they collide with each other. Sagittarius B2 contains about 10 billion billion billion liters of alcohol. San Francisco craft cocktail bar and lounge located near Oracle Park, Moscone Center, and Chase Center. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy were searching for evidence of amino acids in space when they found ethyl formate, the chemical used in to make raspberry flavoring. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty, European Week of Astronomy and Space Science at the University of Hertfordshire. A good proportion of esters are simply combinations of carboxylic acids and alcohols. Astronomers already know that there are 10 billion, billion, billion litres of methanol and ethanol in the Sagittarius B2 cloud. "I wouldn't be surprised if we find an amino acid out there in the coming years," said Belloche. Glue one single extra atom of hydrogen on that group and you have formic acid, the most simple carboxylic acid. Four years later, scientists in Spain and France confirmed its existence , this time in the Orion constellation. That's enough booze to get Galactus to make a pass at Ursa Major, but the cloud is also packed full of molecules called ethyl formate.This chemical, said to smell of rum, is the same chemical that gives raspberries their flavor. We'll start at the bottom step, where things are unimaginably tiny. It seems, then, that the center of our galaxy may taste and smell like raspberry-flavored rum. 6. Galaxy's Centre Tastes of Raspberries and Smells of Rum, Aroma of Beer, Wine, and Other Distilled Beverages. So there's a giant cloud hanging out in the Milky Way galaxy that smells a little bit like rum and tastes a little bit like raspberries. View entire discussion (280 comments) More posts from the todayilearned community. Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a … "There is no apparent limit to the size of molecules that can be formed by this process, so there's good reason to expect even more complex organic molecules to be there," said Garrod. 106k. "The difficulty in searching for complex molecules is that the best astronomical sources contain so many different molecules that their 'fingerprints' overlap and are difficult to disentangle," Belloche said. Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life in a giant dust cloud at the heart of the Milky Way have concluded that it would taste vaguely of raspberries. So there you have it, mankind would be chugging beers until the end of time to make their way through Sagittarius B2. Let's work our way up the ladder on this one. Alchemist Bar & Lounge Menu featuring signature craft cocktails, craft beer, wine, bar bites, and daily happy hour specials.