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Massive reservoir of water found in space

Posted on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 | Comment icon 27 comments | News tip by: Persia

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Two teams of astronomers have located an immense reservoir of water in the far reaches of the universe.

The water is situated near a quasar over 30 billion trillion miles away and is greater in volume than 140 trillion times that of all the world's water combined in addition to being over 100,000 times the mass of the sun. "The environment around this quasar is unique in that itís producing this huge mass of water," says JPL scientist Matt Bradford.

"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."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Alex01 on 25 July, 2011, 10:11
Quasars are mostly chaotic regions were life can barely evolve. If it were to be found in such region it'd really surprise mankind. However, it is highly unlikely. Eitherhow, recent years study have demonstrated that water molecules are more persistant in the universe than we originally thought. For where it can host life that depends on which conditions such water is being surpressed.
Comment icon #19 Posted by KainFall on 26 July, 2011, 10:20
epic, yeh found it.
Comment icon #20 Posted by libstaK on 26 July, 2011, 11:57
So maybe the earth was seeded by aliens after all - like whale and dolphin aliens, it would explain alot and put us in our place once and for all
Comment icon #21 Posted by V__ on 27 July, 2011, 8:00
That's a huge pool of water.. Can't wait for artificial wormholes to be invented/discovered.. Would be awesome to ship some water from there
Comment icon #22 Posted by Taut on 28 July, 2011, 10:42
Maybe we are just organelles in a giant cell that we think is the universe and have found a water "molecule" Nah, gave that stuff up long ago.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Paracelse on 28 July, 2011, 10:55
They are busy figuring out whether to pipe it here or bottle it at the source. How much Aliens charge per hour work? French labor is darn cheap... when they decide to work ... which is .... never ... then bottling up there if Evian management wanna have it done.
Comment icon #24 Posted by IamLegend on 3 August, 2011, 13:45
That's a huge pool of water.. Can't wait for artificial wormholes to be invented/discovered.. Would be awesome to ship some water from there Instead of buying bottled spring water from the store, we will be buying bottled space water. lol
Comment icon #25 Posted by UFO_Monster on 8 August, 2011, 2:03 It contains 140 trillion times more water than what we have here on Earth. I wonder how many cups could be filled with it?
Comment icon #26 Posted by Rye17 on 8 August, 2011, 4:04
Tell me how many cups we could fill with water from Earth and I will have your answer.
Comment icon #27 Posted by 0011235813 on 8 August, 2011, 21:30
You people are determined to kill me.... By laughing.

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