Water is essential to human life, and there’s no place in the universe with more of it than the APM 08279+5255 quasar. Quasars, by definition, are very compact objects with a star-like appearance and incredible luminosity. They are thought to be powered by supermassive black holes.
This quasar, in particular, contains a black hole surrounded by a vapor cloud that contains 140 trillion times the amount of water on Earth. It’s the biggest reservoir of water ever discovered. Due to the way light travels through space, scientists theorize that this watery cloud formed only 1.6 billion years after the universe itself.
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