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[Ars]Astronomers find largest water reservoir ever, 12 billion years in the past

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Artist's redition of a quasar, and surrounding gas and dust cloud

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Using a pair of sub-millimeter wavelength telescopes, two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest reservoir of water ever found in the Universe. The water-containing cloud was found near quasar APM 08279+5255, some 12 billion light years from Earth; this means that the radiation seen today from this quasar was emitted when the universe was a scant 1.6 billion years old. Calculations have placed the mass of water vapor in the cloud at approximately 100,000 solar masses, or 140 trillion times the mass of all water on the planet Earth.
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/...n-the-past.ars
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I can totally see a bottled water company banking on this a thousand years from now.

"Quasar Water, yeah it's really from a black hole."
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That is simply amazing. So much more for us out there that it makes me sad to live in the present.
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I can totally see a bottled water company banking on this a thousand years from now.

"Quasar Water, yeah it's really from a black hole."
We don't even know if it is there still...12 billion years is quite a long time.
    
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We don't even know if it is there still...12 billion years is quite a long time.
Well I guess someone better get over there and find out
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Now we know where the Whales and Dolphins really came from.
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Originally Posted by [\\/]Paris View Post
I can totally see a bottled water company banking on this a thousand years from now.

"Quasar Water, yeah it's really from a black hole."
I GM/DM sci-fi tabletop RPGs and that statement is going in one sometime in the near future. Thank you for the smile


On topic: It's nice to know that we found it. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder that after Hubble is gone, astronomy will still continue.
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Now we know where the Whales and Dolphins really came from.
So long, and thanks for all the fish....
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Repostish

Don't know if they are the same but I knew I saw somehting like this before here.

http://www.overclock.net/technology-...ing-water.html
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I think it might be the same, but this one is more about the nebula cloud. The star firing the "water bullets" is what caught their attension, but the real interest is the cloud of water in space.
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