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Black hole spews water vapour

Posted on Monday, 27 April, 2009 | Comment icon 9 comments


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Astronomers have discovered the most distant evidence of water in the Universe being ejected from a supermassive black hole 19.8 billion light-years away. The discovery was made through a technique known as gravitational lensing.

"Astronomers have found the most distant evidence of water in the Universe, a major conference has been told."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Shuriken on 27 April, 2009, 11:47
so...not only a black hole emits some kind of radiation, but also matter... ? Doesn't this contradict some of the physics we base our understanding of the universe on?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Lt_Ripley on 27 April, 2009, 13:51
so...not only a black hole emits some kind of radiation, but also matter... ? Doesn't this contradict some of the physics we base our understanding of the universe on? exactly ........ yet our understanding of it compared to the universe probably isn't the end all statement.
Comment icon #3 Posted by expandmymind on 27 April, 2009, 14:22
this is amazing! if they find some way to prove this (i don't have a clue how they could) then i don't think that anyone could deny life exists elswhere in the universe.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Juanita Rose Violini on 27 April, 2009, 14:24
“Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.” - Sir Arthur Eddington
Comment icon #5 Posted by Shuriken on 27 April, 2009, 14:37
exactly ........ yet our understanding of it compared to the universe probably isn't the end all statement. not only probably, I'd say there's a huge chance we aren't even ABLE to comprehend the deepest level of universe an reality...
Comment icon #6 Posted by brawl on 28 April, 2009, 2:47
So, where there's water, there can be life?
Comment icon #7 Posted by ninjadude on 28 April, 2009, 3:45
The last throes of a planet sucked into the hole?
Comment icon #8 Posted by sepulchrave on 28 April, 2009, 4:32
so...not only a black hole emits some kind of radiation, but also matter... ? Doesn't this contradict some of the physics we base our understanding of the universe on? Not really. The matter hasn't actually entered the black hole yet. As I understand it, as the black hole gobbles up stars, nebulae, etc. enough energy is released that some of the lighter stuff (gas, plasma, etc) gets blasted outwards in a jet. Eventually this jet will probably get gobbled up too... I think a large black hole accumulates a sort of a spiral `halo' (called an accretion disc) of stuff it is eating. This rotating sp... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 28 April, 2009, 14:22
not only probably, I'd say there's a huge chance we aren't even ABLE to comprehend the deepest level of universe an reality... I agree. I think we've barely scratched the proverbial tip on the iceberg.


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