Australian Researcher Focuses on What’s Really Important in Space: Beer

The Hunt for Beer in Space
Australian Broadcasting Company

James Cook University’s Centre for Astronomy director, Dr Andrew Walsh, combines his two passions – beer brewing and space study – to bring his science “down to earth”.

His research involves identifying different substances, molecules and chemicals in space and in doing that has he discovered many of the chemical ingredients in beer are out there.


“There’s plenty of ethanol, the most important ingredient in beer, out there in space,” he told ABC News Online. “From a scientific point of view, this indicates to us that there are new stars forming.”

Dr Walsh, who judges beer at brewing competitions in his spare time, has broken a recipe down to 12 essential beer constituents and found seven already.

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