Twelve billion years old and the largest water reservoir in the universe discovered floating around a massive feeding black hole.

The body of water is noticeably larger than Earth’s total water. Furthermore, scientists estimate it is 140 trillion times larger than all the water in the world’s oceans. However, since the body of water surrounds a massive feeding black hole known as a quasar, located more than 12 billion years away, there is little likelihood that you would be able to see it with a microscope. The scientists’ investigations have shown that the universe was only 1.6 billion years old at one point.

According to Matt Bradford, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the discovery only demonstrated the presence of water across the cosmos.

“The environment around this quasar is unique in that it’s producing this huge mass of water,” he explained. “It’s another demonstration that water is pervasive throughout the universe, even at the very earliest times.”

To expand our understanding of the far-off cosmos, researchers in this study suggested constructing a 25-meter telescope in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Glaciers and polar ice are the next largest reserves, with slightly more than 2% of the water available.

While some nations, notably Saudi Arabia, have considered removing icebergs from the frozen North and using them as a supply of fresh water, this is not economically viable in most situations.


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