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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Largest Reservoir of Water Discovered in Space

Sounds like a good place for a swim !

International Business Times
Astromomers found a reservoir of water in space that measures 140 trillion times the earth's ocean water.

It is also the farthest reservoir of water ever discovered in the universe, according to two teams of researchers.

The water surrounds a huge, feeding black hole called a "quasar" more than 12 billion light-years away. The quasar is powered by a giant black hole which gradually consumes a surrounding disk of gas and dust, while spewing out enormous amounts of energy.

Astronomers studied a quasar called APM 08279+5255, where the black hole is 20 billion times greater than the sun. They discovered water vapor distributed around the black holestretching out to hundreds of light-years in size.

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