Largest Reservoir of Water Discovered in Space

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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.

NASA scientist Matt Bradford, who led one of the teams in obtaining more information about the water, says The environment around this quasar is very unique in that it's producing this huge mass of water. It's another demonstration that water is pervasive throughout the universe, even at the very earliest times.

The water was first detected by Dariusz Lis, senior research associate in physics at Caltech, and his team, using the Plateau de Bure Interferometer in the French Alps.

 

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