Saturday, April 01, 2006

I've Always Wanted To Drink A Star And Now I May Get That Chance!!!

What a week for celestial events. First the eclipse dazzled North Africa. Now there's news of a massive meteorite that hit a Russian satellite and then broke up over New England. Most of it burned up in the upper atmosphere but a basket ball sized chunk of solid ethanol ice was recovered and quickly refridgerated. Scientists speculate that it may have come from a comet formed in a gaseous nebula like this one.

Cosmologists from MIT say that it remains frozen due to an unusually stable crystal lattice. In fact, that lattice energy may give it unusual stability when mixed with liquid alcohol. Like glacial water that freezes under pressure has a different structure then what we put into our watermelon martini on the rocks, this meteorite has molecules that interlock and dramatically raise the melting point of the structure,


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