Here's what a comet's 'perfume' would smell like

Here's what a comet's 'perfume' would smell like

Scientists at Switzerland's University of Bern have determined what "Eau de Comet" would smell like — and you should be thankful you can't experience it for yourself.

The scientists announced Thursday that the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's "perfume" includes notes of "rotten eggs, horse urine, formaldehyde, bitter almonds, alcohol, vinegar, and a hit of sweet ether," The Associated Press reports. To reach their conclusion, the scientists analyzed chemicals in the gas and dust surrounding the comet via data measured by a spectrometer on the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.

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The combination of scents may provide scientists with new insight into the solar system's early chemical makeup, which could be connected to Earth's formation. The scientists plan to compare Churyumov-Gerasimenko's scent with those of other comets from the nearby Oort cloud.

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"Its perfume may not be Chanel No. 5, but comets clearly have their own preferences," Kathrin Altwegg, Rosina's chief scientist, told NBC News.

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