24 Jul '11, 8am

Largest Mass of Water Discovered

Astronomers have discovered the largest mass of water known to exist. So we humans can go right on mucking up our frail planet's meager reserves of fresh water , we know where to find plenty more? But wait, there's a hitch. The water, enough to fill earth's oceans "more than 100 trillion times," has been detected in a quasar 12 billion light years (72 billion trillion miles) from here. The signals detected from the quasar, which is a black hole sucking matter into it at a high rate, represents activity that occurred early in the formation of the universe, when it was a mere toddler of 1.6 billion years (scientists believe the universe now to be 13.6 billion years old). "It's another demonstration that water is pervasive throughout the universe, even at the very earliest times," according to Matt Bradford, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist working as a visiting ass...

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