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Does the Sun smell?

Thu, 21st Apr 2011

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Ben asked:

Hi Guys great program, and just wondering does the sun have any odour? And does space for that matter have any odours /smells.

 

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Ben asked the Naked Scientists: Hi Guys great program, just wondering does the sun have any odour? And does space for that matter have any odours /smells. What do you think? Ben, Fri, 1st Oct 2010

Yes actually, to the space question. In 2009 astronomers stated that the center of our galaxy actually would smell of rum. In a search for organic compounds they also found quantities of ethyl formate, which implies that our galaxy tastes like raspberries. Tastes like raspberries and smells like rum. Bill.D.Katt., Sat, 2nd Oct 2010

Well, I don't know about rum and raspberries, but when I tried it on your behalf, all I could smell was singed nasal hair! Don_1, Sun, 3rd Oct 2010

The consensus from the web is that the sun smells of welding. If you would like to know what it sounds like listen to this.
http://solar-center.stanford.edu/singing/ Make it Lady, Mon, 4th Oct 2010



Well, a popular drink in Mozambiques is rum and raspberry, really tasty. ...lets split up..., Tue, 12th Oct 2010

I believe the moon smells of gunpowder.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/30jan_smellofmoondust/ Ophiolite, Tue, 12th Oct 2010

I have heard of optical astronomy, infra red astronomy, x-ray astronomy, even neutrino astronomy, but never before olfactory astronomy. This breaks new ground. Atomic-S, Sat, 23rd Oct 2010

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