Finally, a Reliable Source of Water!

Now we are back on the theme of outer space.

And okay, this story  isn’t new, it stems from 2011.  I googled it to just to check, because I wasn’t sure if the VZGLIAD piece was a joke or not.

But no, this is the real deal.  A giant cloud of water vapor orbiting a black hole.

140 trillion times more water than all of Earth’s oceans combined!  Okay, so it isn’t fresh water.  Apparently it’s a tad salty.  But that’s okay.  Because by the time we have space travel able to go there and harness it, then no doubt our desalination technology will be literally light-years ahead of what we have today.

Space Ocean

This space ocean was discovered circling around a quasar which bears the name APM 08279+5255.  It’s 12 billion light years from Earth.

Milky Way is nice, but feeble, compared to APM 08279+5255 quasar.

Moreover, this quasar is so bright and powerful, that it gives off more light than our entire Milky Way Galaxy.

Two separate groups of  astronomers discovered that the quasar is surrounded by water vapor.  The English-language piece I linked mentions Matt Bradford and his team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.  The VZGLIAD piece also mentions Bradford, but also gives credit to a second unrelated team from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), led by Associate Professor of Physics Dariusz Lis.


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4 Responses to Finally, a Reliable Source of Water!

  1. Cortes says:

    So the samovar should be bubbling nicely by the time we drop by?


  2. PaulR says:

    If it has taken 12 billion years for the light to get here, the water may not actually be there any more.


  3. yalensis says:

    Either way, it’s gonna be hard to get there in time, because I read somewhere that the universe is expanding.
    Sometimes you just can’t win.


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