Sagittarius – so much more than a star sign...
Did you know that a mere 10,000 light years from Earth there is an enormous cloud that contains ten billion, billion, billion litres of alcohol? (10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.)
The name ‘Sagittarius B2’ was inspired by the fact that many people born under any star sign like to drink alcohol, and Vitamin B2 is necessary for the resumption of cognitive functioning following a night on the tiles. Okay, so I made that up, but it’s an interesting theory.
Unfortunately, for space drinkers, the vast majority of Sagittarius B2 is methanol – commonly used in antifreeze, formaldehyde and fuel, so we don’t recommend firing up your home-made rocket and launching yourself at it in the hope of slurping down a space buzz. Unless, of course, you want to stay warm in the chilly outer space layers, halt the ageing process in its tracks and metabolise enough fuel that just one decent fart could propel you all with way back to earth without your spaceship.