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Scientists Discover Huge Reservoir of Water in Space

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These Aliens Must Be Thirsty

When you think of space, do you picture an enormous, possibly endless dark expanse of nothingness, filled with the occasional chunk of rock or ice?

Bet you’ve never pictured an entire floating ocean way out there among the stars, but that’s exactly what two teams of astronomers discovered in a distant quasar, and it’s changing the way scientists understand the universe. Only it’s not an ocean like you or I know.

Among the many reasons why this discovery is hugely important to the scientific community is that this is the largest, oldest, and most distant mass of water ever found in the universe.

quasar Kaurus7

Source: Twitter @Kaurus7

And that’s just the beginning…

Two different teams of astronomers came across the giant mass while observing quasar APM 08279+5255, a giant and very bright energy source located at the center of an elliptical galaxy that contains one of the largest black holes known to man.

quasar B_Ubiquitous

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The black hole powering APM 08279+5255 is 23 billion times the mass of the Sun and produces about as much energy as one thousand trillion Suns.

Quasars are among the most energetic and luminous objects in the universe, with many of them having formed some 12 billion years ago. Though scientists are still learning about them, it is accepted that they are the compact regions found at the center of massive galaxies and that they surround supermassive black holes.

quasar BestbilderHd

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