Space: It’s Pretty Neat

Take a Sniff of the Heart of the Galaxy

By Emily Spencer

Meet Sagittarius B2, a big cloud of dust and gas hanging out near the center of our galaxy.


It is mainly composed of alcohol, actually over ten billion, billion, billion liters of alcohol. Most of the alcohol is actually poisonous, but there is some that’s drinkable. That’s the ethanol, or more specifically ethyl formate. This chemical is what gives rum its taste and raspberries their smell. So if you could go and sniff the center of the Milky Way it would smell like your favorite body wash. And, that’s pretty neat.