Astronomers discover largest and most distant reservoir of water yet

By abe10tiger
Jul 24, 2011
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  1. Science News

    Water really is everywhere. Two teams of astronomers, each led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. Looking from a distance of 30 billion trillion miles away into a quasar -- one of the brightest and most violent objects in the cosmos -- the researchers have found a mass of water vapor that's at least 140 trillion times that of all the water in the world's oceans combined, and 100,000 times more massive than the sun.

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    This artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole, similar to APM 08279+5255, where astronomers discovered huge amounts of water vapor. Gas and dust likely form a torus around the black hole, with clouds of charged gas above and below. X-rays emerge from the center, while dust throughout the torus emits infrared radiation. While this figure shows the quasar's torus approximately edge-on, the torus around APM 08279+5255 is likely positioned face-on from our point of view. (Credit: NASA/ESA)

    Source:Science Daily
  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,568   +47

    Gives boost to the fact of maybe other life in the universe. They put the age at about 12 billion years ago...so it's very interesting.


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