FlipFact of the Day: In 1995, astronomers discovered a gas cloud located in the Aquila constellation. The nebula, which they called G34.3, has a diameter a thousand times bigger than our Solar System’s, and has enough ethyl alcohol to supply every single person on our planet with 300,000 pints (141,900,000 ml) of the stuff every day for the next billion years.
Still, even if humanity’s sheer determination to get wasted were enough to somehow turn G34.3 into a free-flowing tap, its alcohol isn’t the kind that any of us would want to sample. That’s because it’s mixed in with carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and a host of other substances that aren’t exactly fit for human consumption.
Today’s Science History Milestone: On August 11, 1999, the last total eclipse of the past millennium took place.
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