Water in distant quasar could fill Earth's oceans 100 trillion times
An artist's concept of what the water-laden quasar might look like.
July 25th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Water in distant quasar could fill Earth's oceans 100 trillion times

Is there water in space? Well, 12 billion years ago there was a lot of it, astronomers say.

A team of international scientists analyzing a quasar 12 billion light-years from Earth say there is water vapor in the object - which they call "a voraciously feeding black hole" - equivalent to 34 billion times the mass of our planet. They say it's the largest mass of water ever found.

"We not only detected water in the farthest reaches of the universe, but enough to fill Earth's oceans more than 100 trillion times," said Jason Glenn, an associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, who was co-author of a study of the quasar.

The discovery shows water was present in the early stages of the universe when it was 1.6 billion years old, researchers say. The big-bang theory puts the age of the universe at 13.6 billion years.

In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there is 4,000 times less water than in the quasar, and it is spread over a few light-years, according to the study. But in the quasar, the water vapor is present over hundreds of light-years, they said. A light-year is about 6 trillion miles.

The discovery was made using a spectrograph at the California Institute of Technology's telescope on the Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island and verified using a facility in California's Inyo Mountains.

Besides the University of Colorado-Boulder and Caltech, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, the Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Science and the University of Pennsylvania participated in the research.

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  1. Affowlodorm

    Just thought i would change my old approaches of not commenting and say hello. Been around for awhile and have loved your posts

    February 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  2. Reynaldo Kryston

    It seems to be that we often conflate three or more "journalisms" when we dive into the "who's at fault" issue.

    December 11, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  3. Joycelyn Trabold

    Climategate is like Christmas come early to "denialists" (in a way, sad that it existed at all, however, given the consequences of having been led astray for so long....). Even if most ignore it or deny that it matters.... I can only imagine what we might find if the accounts of some nutrition organizations were also brought to light. I suspect they would be quite similar.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  4. Qwame

    This is a scientific forum, please leave the comments focus on Science and it's relevance and not these personal attacks and political rhetoric, most of us are not here for that!

    December 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  5. You have a special gift for writing. You can express your thoughts in unique, original content. This information is formatted in easy to read terminology that nearly any reader can understand. Thank you for sharing.

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    November 30, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  6. Kristina Dowgiallo

    My friend told me about this i had to look into it. Thanks for the 2quick summary this is very informative.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  7. Steven Stormcrow

    You can file this information under "who gives a crap"; but give me a few moments to empty the dumpster behind my house where shallow minded comments like yours are filed. Don't bother reading science articles if you do not have the insight to understand how the accumulated information assists mankind. Don't bother making negative comments about discoveries; as your life will likely not contribute one iota of knowledge that may be used in the future. Put your name in the "who gives a crap" file as well.
    What an ultra-maroon.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  8. Cameron

    Wooooo only 12 billion light years away!

    I'll file this under who gives a crap.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Steven Stormcrow

    So very well said.

    July 30, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  10. Steven Stormcrow

    Hey, we’ve gotten way off topic, and it is hard to follow the real thread germane to the original topic. Reagan, Tea-baggers, God, Fox News ... I'm having a hard time getting at finding the original topic in recent posts; but that’s the way discussions go.
    However, I did like the post about the Bible Cocktails (for a grin). I attended theological seminary. We had “Happy Hour” every day. Our favorite cocktail; three parts refined dogma, two parts dispensation rationalization techniques, a double shot of sectarianism, a dash of pseudoscience and the cherry; Colossians 1:17, God’s power holds all matter and energy together. It was a potent drink and we partook of it liberally. It was intoxicating … hick … when you imbibed with fellow believers. My questioning, challenging, and freethinking caused me to be shunned however. Now I drink a single malt of truth, experience, and knowledge. If I am proven wrong, I am grateful to adjust to a new truth and to review my past understanding through new glasses (not through the bottom of that old cocktail glass). Cheers, fellow searchers!

    July 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  11. D. Warren

    How exactly do you "prove" anything from a photo that's 12 billion years old??? I could see "guess", "hypothesize", "think", "believe", "imagine", or just plain "hope", but to prove something is to have evidence beyond reproach. I see a photo and a bunch of Ph.D's who need to get another journal article out the door to meet that unspoken annual "publish or perish" quota.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Steven Stormcrow

      I think you missed the point. Nobody said that this is proof beyond reproach. If someone does say it, how does it take butter off of your bread? I believe that they all looked at the evidence and results of tests and said “Yep, I’m convinced that is water spouting from a quasar”; and they reached consensus within that group. Now if you doubt their conclusions that is fine. For years brilliant individuals or collective groups at institutions have debated over theories that each side felt they had the best proof of. All of the brilliant scholars have been in such debates. You may now feel free to present your credentials and offer your interpretations and data as well. Then the rest of us will decide who is more credible. And that is how the process works. Reproach away.

      July 30, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  12. Steven Stormcrow

    Eileen,
    I understand what you are saying and in a large part agree with you. People have been making needless attacks on “believers” as if they themselves did not regard science as a type of religion. That being said, when you speak of people trampling on the faith of others, remember what faith really is. I believe that by your definition faith is the belief in something evidenced but not seen. Forgive those that don’t attribute everything to God, but understand that they are examining the evidence of things not yet fully understood. It is possible that the evidence will draw them to a consideration of the possibility of an unknown constant that could be defined as an energy you call God. Don’t denigrate those who are examining all possibilities of the evidence, just let the evidence lead them. However, if you are bothered by open expression, scientific thought, and deductive reasoning and jump right to criticism you will do nothing to draw other minds into considering what you espouse. Leave religion out of your discussions. Spiritual considerations are brought about by the evidence of the scientific nuances around us. Discovery and epiphanies happen on their own within each individual. Your scriptures state that God has called all men to an understanding of him. If that is true, you need not do the calling. Go back to your religious based blogs and discussion rooms and in the event that a pure scientist is drawn to consider the power of a spiritual force as part of an unknown constant in incomplete formulas, he or she will be drawn to seek possible clues from your site. If you really believe that God is doing the calling, then you should understand that your voice will not be more persuasive than His, Hers, or its. Go back to your Intelligent Design groups and wait for those of us who are drawn into those discussions. If you persist in criticizing scientists here, you simply reinforce the notion that religionists are impatient and intolerant.
    I have little patience for intolerance, or for those who are hypersensitive. Either way, discussions of political partisanship, religion brings no constructive advances to these discussions. You should realize that when you say “How dare you trample of the beliefs of millions of people worldwide”, you are criticizing many open minds that will not swallow “beliefs” held by faith but that remain without foundation or evidence. Present evidence and deductive reasoning absent the blind faith and allow those who may be persuaded to explore the possibilities to examine more of the substance behind your faith. Otherwise, do not criticize those of us who dismiss (not trample upon) conclusions without foundation.
    Participate within scientific discussion (if by your definition science is actually physics designed by God) and let the evidence speak for itself. You need not attribute it all to God, if reason and deduction will lead us there. Leave religion out of the discussion of principals that may lead us to a deity and perhaps we will consider this option as part of our equation for unknown energy. If you are offended, then leave. You will not persuade seekers of scientific truth to tread lightly around the feelings of blind faith; we mean no offense, but have no time to investigate words that stream from emotion without inductive foundation.
    I have seen people saying that they have "chosen faith" and then call others idiots. Faith IS a choice, and I will not call you an idiot for choosing it. That gives you no reason to call me an idiot for not choosing to to have faith in your faith. Please use real reasoning rather than feelings here. If you have faith, fine, but don't call us idiots for not making the same leap. If a person has faith, please be respectful and ask them to use scientific principals in sharing their faith-based reasoning here; but there is no reason to denegrate them and intentionally bait their anger.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  13. Steven Stormcrow

    Did I read Christian rhetoric here? C-mon, find the right venue for that slant; take it to sunday school with your political opinions as well.
    A good theologian (I mean a really good one) will always be capable of revising his new view of the truth, just as we all must do. Be careful, theology and science must overlap if they are true to their calling. I detest a scientist who begins his or her premise of theory by assuming “Now we know there is no such thing as a God or supreme spirit; so without considering those variables how else can we explain what we observe here.” I detest a theocratic zealot who stubbornly defends words and ideas that have been spoken by and interpreted by men for generations and says that either God or Satan is the cause for everything that happens or that is. Both stereotypes are a shame to their schools of thought. The theologian should follow truth and scientific evidence wherever it leads him, and do so unafraid; universal laws must (by his own definition) be God’s laws of how things work. Why then should he interfere as scientists explore them? The scientist should admit that sentient and powerful energy is plausible, can exist, and may have causal effects. The scientist should follow evidence of truth and proof without personal opinion and without being intimidated. Since both sides profess to be open to the truth, and seek it, they must eventually consider the implications of what the other side has evidence of.
    However, there is very little need for pulling out a God card or phrase in these discussions. If we want to discuss gravity, let’s discuss gravity, a new element would also be fine. But we need not quote scripture to state anything more clearly in this venue. I’ve never seen such diversion accomplish anything positive in topics such as these.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  14. Steven Stormcrow

    Uhh, Ken?
    What are you doing reading about these topics since they are of no practical use and apparently esoteric at best? Some minds must comprehend previously unnoticed trends and discover new universal realities that will someday be refined by our descendants as an aid to preserve and renew our planet and to balance and perpetuate our species in concert with others. But it is alright if you don’t understand pure science. We need people who just look at their shoe laces as they go to and from work keeping the economy going. I’m certain you mean well and are a good guy. But if you don’t see purpose here, just quietly leave; don’t be offended, just talk about what you know with those who care to listen. One day, however, shoe-gawkers will realize an impending doomsday is imminent. They will look to the scientists and ask what have you done to prepare for this? Hopefully the visionaries who look upward and ponder the minutia of scientific theory and new discoveries will have an adequate answer.

    July 29, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  15. quasar360

    Politics don't matter here. Or do they ? Well, at the scale of the universe, politics are 10 billion times nothing. So they don't matter much. At macroscopic earth scale, they matter. They matter because after all politics finally decide the budgets to investigate the earth and the universe.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  16. David B.

    Just to add one more half-assed comment, it's great that you guys are reading science articles, but WTF is up with bringing politics here? Really?

    July 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  17. KC

    I am all for scientific exploration and discovery, however, I hope we are not spendng too much money on this discovery:
    12B light-years from Earth... - 34B times the mass of our planet... - They say it's the largest mass of water ever found...

    Who cares it is so large it would drown our planet and so far away that it would probably never be reached – lets start spending money on the REAL PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED NOW – many of the most pressing issues bearing down on us at the moment are not likely to need a microscope or telescope an are certainly not 12B light years away they are HERE and NOW!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  18. hasc

    Of course there is a lot of water, as there must be a lot of other naturally occurring chemical compounds. Question is, how is it distributed. We have lots of it here on Earth, and it has been found in abundance on other bodies orbiting the Sun. But then you look at a planet like Venus where there is thought to be no water at all.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  19. DeOneTruboss

    so much water, over so vast a distance = high probability of life... wow!

    July 26, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  20. Derek

    Quantum theory, the divine matrix.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  21. Andrew

    I'm thirsty

    July 26, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  22. cosmictwang

    Text of the press release for clarification:

    It is a direct comparison. There's enough heating to be vapor (gas). They don't give a reason for the difference.

    Nevertheless, water vapor is an important trace gas that reveals the nature of the quasar. In this particular quasar, the water vapor is distributed around the black hole in a gaseous region spanning hundreds of light-years (a light-year is about six trillion miles), and its presence indicates that the gas is unusually warm and dense by astronomical standards. Although the gas is a chilly –53 degrees Celsius (–63 degrees Fahrenheit) and is 300 trillion times less dense than Earth's atmosphere, it's still five times hotter and 10 to 100 times denser than what's typical in galaxies like the Milky Way.

    The water vapor is just one of many kinds of gas that surround the quasar, and its presence indicates that the quasar is bathing the gas in both X-rays and infrared radiation. The interaction between the radiation and water vapor reveals properties of the gas and how the quasar influences it. For example, analyzing the water vapor shows how the radiation heats the rest of the gas. Furthermore, measurements of the water vapor and of other molecules, such as carbon monoxide, suggest that there is enough gas to feed the black hole until it grows to about six times its size. Whether this will happen is not clear, the astronomers say, since some of the gas may end up condensing into stars or may be ejected from the quasar.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  23. brad

    Reading these comments while my cats; Schrödinger & Uncertainty sit on my lap purring..

    July 26, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  24. dave

    man, some of you folks are that ignorant it's unbelievable.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 am |
  25. BigR

    They can't fool me, anyone can tell that the picture is simply a Goodyear MXII motocross tire.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  26. sand

    man..... that's a lot of water.....

    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  27. guyonearth

    Fascinating discovery. Now are we going to build a pipeline to southern California?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:12 am |
  28. Roelof

    The big bang theory is false. Where did those particles that colided came from? Also from a big bang? Oh yeah ofcourse first there was a big ball with, time in it and space, my teddy bear and all the clouds in the sky.. oh and it should also have been hot. It went boooom and voila.. taattaaah... a theory.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:58 am |
  29. highschoolstudent

    Did some guy draw that or is that an actual photo?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  30. dude

    geeya as if too

    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  31. YounanMarketingAndManagementAssociatesInc,Int'l Intst'r

    Artist's concept means it isn't true for sure because you are contradicting the established dictionary record definition of quasar, which are any of a class of very distant celestial objects that are strong radio sources have unusual light spectra show large red shifts and have a vast unexplained energy output. that explains why there is electronic air wave capability to transmit television signals and telecommunications satellite signals. i don't beleive there are any real satellites much in the earth's orbit but telecommunications is working with the quasar power transmission from space. since the additions of many channels and networks the plug in t.v. basics was switched to a pay service but didn't need to be technically. it was proven when they sold those convertor boxes which brought in all the stations but then they jammed them to force use of cable and satellites because the convertor's were given free when the networks switched to digital. they constantly sabotage free television and low cost telecommunications. Radio is still free so i don't know what the big issues are really. then there are the broader band radios and they don't cost more than a plug in power service. Now in the story above insterstellar refers to between star areas and galaxies. The sun being the star with its planets and moon heavenly body and floating rock type forms of asteroids could not be 6 trillion miles away from earth equalling a light year because it is only about 152 million miles plus from the earth. a light year is not 6 trillion miles to define that it takes so many light years for the sun's rays to reach the earth, which also makes the dictionary wrong because it also defines a light year as that distance. so here we have a contradiction again. i forget what they used to use – i beleive it was 4.5 light years from earth or thereabouts – and that is utter impossible information to be true.
    So that also means if you wrote the wrong answers on science and other school tests you were probably not wrong often and right many times because they were feeding the wrong answers constantly. the whole education system needs debunking. that also means nobody failed grades because you can't make students pay and pay and spend all that time and hard work to learn mostly falsehoods or a large proportion of the curriculum being full of falsehoods that you force them to absorb and reiterate as brainwashing material. it is proven fact of psychology etc. that if someone has mental blocks to learning it is because you are teaching it wrong or the information is all wrong. that is my research finding by the way.
    Now there is a sub trademark name of Quasar used on some television brands but i don't know if they related it to the celestial bodies exactly because they are distantly in space. There is no way Kwasar phonetically pronounced is a water laden body of matter in space just no way and especially holding that weight of water. yes true ultrasound does transmit through water, but then it wouldn't be the quasar part of the celestial body or object it would be another galactic formation. Light isn't naturally in it either because it would be comparable to the oceans as they have compared it in the story. Light going through lakes etc. comes from the sun rays that penetrate the water but i am not sure how deep. The way they've illustrated it it should be all lit up and colorful not dark and murky wave matter in space. So maybe it is something else that holds water form but you can't call it Quasar. Now with quasar and my super psychic ability i can get alien type messages, i see red and other color formations when my eyes are closed that resemble picture clues sometimes they show a face of a suspect or clue to other matters, plus there is the telepathic literal transmission and symbolic information transmission. That is why i say sometimes i have a t.v. tension headache and i invented the formula for a t.v. tension headache drug. Often i get electronic sounds of beep/ringing in my head or the strain of t.v. wave signals just like my head is a t.v. from that condition developed i project film flashes of events and people predictive and literal and photo flashes and other visional psychic power. but then i have other power capabilities that go with the mind brain capabilities.- motioning of hands and arms and body to act some important code meaning or warning. or to transmit clues to re-enactment of events. plus more than that. i thought at one time someone wired my brain and planted parts in my head because i moved robotically. from that i invented some robotic products but they were stolen, some put in medical work some in factories then the toy robots plus military robots. prior to my main full indoctrination transformation i did have robot inventions and futuristic projects as a teenager early year age person. that is part of what makes me The Lord Spirit Madonna Monarch, psychic priest and Media God. I make phone calls without picking up the phone and actually calling sometimes as well. but a bunch of jew crook types pretend it is them that do that..and that is aside from my weather force controls etc. theresa noelle younan ymma-iii interpole galactica i-pic younan research management.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  32. Mobistry

    And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days – and His Throne had been upon water – that He might test you as to which of you is best in deed. But if you say, "Indeed, you are resurrected after death," those who disbelieve will surely say, "This is not but obvious magic." (Quran:11:7)

    July 26, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  33. Gaya Layo

    Fascinating! And how do we use this knowledge practically? Oh, that's right: We can't! We still ride around in tin can capsules that would take us years to reach the outer solar system, in which time all the astronauts would be dead. Once again, we have a pretty picture, a moment of awe, and not much else. Next Slide please!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  34. Dogboy

    I so love the willful blindness of christians and how small they make thier own god to be.
    If man is the only intelligent life in the great expance of the universe,then it should be clear his intentions for man to explore this universe.
    Wouldnt this god have placed materials elsewere that man would need to survive?
    Remember sloth is a sin, and if this god gave man the gift of rational thought,dont you think you should use it?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  35. YounanMarketingAndManagementAssociatesInc,Int'l Intst'r

    why did you erase my comments and clarifications evidence, i wasn't finished yet or are you still trying to stick my speech and intelligence in someone else's mouth stupid dog parties. there is stilltill that fag girl sex chagne queer plast ic bastard in the neighborhood trying to own what i own and i'll tear his fag queer girl face off soon.
    you slut nigger quit putting o after my writing i'll kill every one of you. you filthy slut nigger. michelle obama was flying overseas and on her way there the air force tried to bring her down. i thought she was going there to bomb planes, actually she was lacking adequate affection from her husband and the usual recourse was to have secret service police comfort but that wasn't available so she had an overseas couple of contacts and she said i'm out of here with that man he's a dud. yeh but i do beleive he's erecting some other fuck up stealing my development projects still with fuckup clinton. and fuckup brain picker what's his sleaze name again biden by by by the den.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Black Hole Bottled Water

      So what you are saying is that you are unhappy with the discovery of water 12 Billion light years away???

      July 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  36. Emil

    What has this got to do with life now? It is soooo far away it does not matter to us, we will never get to use it for anything.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  37. Jared Roussel

    Time is relative AND simultaneous. The past, present, and future are all happening at once. It's our path of conscious projection that determines where we are located within it. Time travel means shifting your consciousness to embody a different aspect of yourself within the unified field. In simplistic terms, you can think of our planet as a cell in a galactic organ, the galaxy in a universal organ system and the universe as a comic body. God is not a He, not a She, but God-Source is actually YOU in unindividuated conscious form. All manifest and non-manifest conscious experience exists within the mind of Source and is brought into materialization through the time and space. The majority of life in our universe doesn't experience time from single-vector linear perception as most of us do here. We are able to traverse space and time with our organic prototype, our biology, by shifting our conscious flash line sequences, our angular rotation of particle spin, relative to that of our current state of dimensionalized perception. When you shift time, your location doesn't change at all, but rather the holographic reality field around you changes.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Jared Roussel

      Our water here is actually considered dead water because our Hydrogen element is actually missing a neutron. Because of distortions manifesting our iron crystalline planetary core, specific compounds cannot be formed because the elementals are actually distorted. This has to do with an ancient stellar war that's been going on for billions of years. This plane you are on, Density 1 Earth, also called "NET Earth" due to the NET technology which is manipulating the fire letter sequences in our prototype's DNA (the Angelic Humans) through crystalline implants in our planetary grid, is connected through our planetary gates to Urtha which is our original planet in Andromeda. Portions of the morphogenetic field of Tara, Density 2 Urtha "blew out" because of competing energetic spins ratios (merkaba spin). Right now, this conscious pathway is on its way to linking up with the phantom matrix through a series of time rips into our planetary templar complex. This is no more than a slave planet that feeds the fall systems all while we're left to figure out everything on our own with our relative stone age technology. Not to mention blatantly lied to and distracted so we can simply live our 100 years. The technology we have here is an absolute joke compared to everything in the higher universal order. December 21, 2012 is actually a huge galactic alignment where an infusion of higher dimensional frequencies will hit our planetary grid, so we're in a very hopeful time. But it's imperative that in order for even parts of this race to undergo biological ascension that we undergo bioregenesis now. Do your research into Keylontic Morphogenetic Science (Keylontic Dictionary is a great source and so is the Ascension Mechanics lesson by Guardian Alliance commissioned planetary speaker 1 Ashayana Deane.) Much love and enlightenment to all who read and write here on this forum. The truth is out there if we're willing to look past the "official information sources" and the commonly validated Earth scientists for it. It's not easy, but it's no doubt rewarding. Hope this helps guys!

      July 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • Jared Roussel

        If anyone needs any additional information, you can most definitely contact me: jared@jaredroussel.com. I will assist anyone who needs information, but please also be respectful of my offer and time. I can most certainly fill in the gaps where I can, but I'm not interested in being slammed for my knowledge and asked to "prove it" in terms of Earth's extremely limited set of perception. The material proves itself with time, patience, and a complete understanding of the whole picture. You're also welcome to check out our small group on Facebook. We are the Indigo shield of the Guardian Alliance who converse over the mechanics of the original divine universal encryption called the Krist Code. Good luck guys!

        July 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
      • One question, Jared.

        "This is no more than a slave planet that feeds the fall systems all while we're left to figure out everything on our own with our relative stone age technology."

        Er, does it have lots of oil?

        July 26, 2011 at 10:01 am |
      • I'd research Keylontic Morphogenetic Science...

        but my last Ascension Mechanic left the drain plug off the sump.

        July 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • I'm going to take gentle exception to one small detail, Jared...

        You said; "Portions of the morphogenetic field of Tara, Density 2 Urtha "blew out" because of competing energetic spins ratios (merkaba spin). "

        Actually, I believe it was on account of the ecta-tetragenetic tri-morphologous uncoupled cryoplasmic elastic time constants (actually postulated by Schultz in 1935), which were not discovered until 1985.

        This would account for the wierd di-phasic reticular anomalies often encountered in hyper-autoclaved discontinuous laminar media.

        Of course, I could be wrong.

        July 26, 2011 at 10:19 am |
      • "and asked to "prove it" in terms of Earth's extremely limited set of perception."

        Not in a million years, Jared, baby.

        I'm certain it's extremely professionally pleasant to make a living taking random quotes from the NewAgeBabble Thesarus and stringing them together (I tried a bit of it myself above, and it WAS fun!)

        Yer secret's safe with us; in this economy no way am I gonna step on your gig.

        Success, peace and love!

        July 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  38. Sree

    Dont want to comment whether that water is useful or not, god exist or not, science or fiction, and other cascade of irrelevant issues being commented here, but guess what, if that water exists there, it probably had every right to exist there without the consensus frm the idiots fighting around here. As if tht pool needed the permission of you guys (or mine) or pay tax, to exist where it exists. The oceans burps and all are doomed, thats enough of water experience we have. Didnt mean NOT to figure out wht is out there but then show some respect around, god or science, thiest or athiest or whtever heck you are.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  39. Ace

    I think it's getting a little out of line here, both sides are distorting absolutes.

    Science and God, or a higher power, can co-exist.

    Science isn't always fact. That's why they use terms like theories and laws.

    The Bible, if you will, is man's interpretation of the Christian God's words and events. Some men aren't very good listeners, other's don't have good memories, other's are just poor writers.

    Atheism among scientists is debatable. It is believed between 25% and 90%. Given the large range in "studies" I doubt there is any statistical significance across the studies put together. Some famous scientists believed in a higher power. Einstein for example.

    Physicists can't agree on the concept of time even theoretically, let alone factually.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Jared Roussel

      Science is the order of creation within the consciousness of God-Source. Check out Keylontic Science. It will probably be of a huge resonance with you.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  40. what the

    What if this is just a mirage?

    July 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  41. matt

    I have a wormhole in my closet and went there and yes, the water is still there, but someone or something built 100 triilion swimming pools and filled them and that's all that's there now..........and a Chipotle which is doing quite well.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • MongoMe

      I once thought that I had a wormhole in my closet as well, turned out to be termites. Be aware.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  42. MongoMe

    This heatwave is getting old. While I'd love a dip in all of that cool water, 12 billion lights years is further than I want to travel. Guess I will have to settle for a cold beer instead.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  43. David

    the bible is a set of different books,we have seen the only books that are availble to us since birth ,why not ask the pope for the rest that are hidden from public?
    as i read i notice some say that the bible was writen by a bunch of stupid people...
    ok scientest knows everything till our day from the bible example.
    noas ark this was written ages ago they found it on ararats mountain
    what about the land that god raind ashes on it and fire .and the profecy said there will be no life in this city.
    and its located under the dead sea in our times now.
    many more do ur studies on proof
    we need all the books the missing ones are in the vatican why they are hidden from public????
    why not published??
    ur traveling years of lights to guess about somthing .and that thing is some miles near u .
    Rome.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • MongoMe

      OK, huh?

      July 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Mario

    Genesis 1:7
    So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.

    THERE IS A GOD, HE SEPARATED THE WATERS AND MADE THE SKY SURROUNDING EARTH.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • MongoMe

      I thought Toyota Motors did that. Or was it IBM?

      July 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Siyajkak

    well duh there was water 1.6 billion years ago. the earth is almost three times that age.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  46. RealityCheck

    testing, one, two, three

    July 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  47. somebody

    I hate how people can't read a straight-on science article without immediately using said article as ammo against religion. I've heard many opinions on this, some include:
    a.science people are morons(I don't support that one)
    b. the atheists need to shut the f up(don't really support that one either)
    c. IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RELIGION GO TO THE F-- BELIEG BLOG!!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  48. Mac

    If your uneducated pastor lied to you, it does not mean that the Bible is false. Give us a break, common sense will tell you that the so called 7 days account of creation in Genesis was in reference to creative day and in the context of God´s own timeline and schedule not the literal human 24 hours a day. We try to assume we know God´s calendar by creating theories and assumption when as a matter of fact we can´t comprehend the simple concept of time, space, matter and energy. Don´t blame the Bible for your ignorance, blame your useless Pastor who can´t interpret the clear meaning of the writings in the Bible. ´For lack of knowledge my people do perish....read the Bible yourself and seek answers from those who really know the facts.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Siyajkak

      yay! someone who understands! Genesis is mostly a collection of parables and representative tales. The creation shows that God created light (energy/big bang), then earth (matter, suns, planets, etc), plants (simple organisms, leading up to plants) animals, then humans (sentient animals). The tree of knowledge represents man's inability, given sentience and the ability to think beyond pure survival instincts, to resist temptation to do evil.

      July 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
      • JEWZRHOT

        Shuttie the piehole, idjit!

        July 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
      • MongoMe

        Mayne you are a sentient animal, I am a sentient being, hmmmph.

        July 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  49. CU Alum

    "In our galaxy, the Milky Way . . . water . . . is spread over a few light-years..."

    That doesn't make any sense. Astronomers believe water is abundant throughout the Milky Way, not just near earth. Perhaps this statement was about a particular nebula rather than the entire galaxy.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • MongoMe

      Two points. One, said author is not an astrophysicist but a journalist, so something may have gotten lost in the translation. Two, water is detected via characteristic millimeter radiation which is easily attenuated, so it may be difficult to detect in our own galaxy, especially in the direction of teh center of the galaxy where there is more intergalactic matter.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • RiverAlph

      DIDNT QUITE GET THE Milky way Reference as to water me thinks CNN science writers arent quite up to snuff

      July 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  50. Mike_88

    Here we are looking out for meteors to destroy earth and we could get hit by a space tsunami and drown.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • MongoMe

      All it takes is one Quasar flushing its toilet. Make certain your will is up to date.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  51. SalSal Gamboni drank the bong water

    Can we all agree that the picture looks like the log I laid this morning?

    July 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  52. JustWondering

    Amazing, absolutely amazing. The ignorance of those who think they have something to say. Sheeple all, not a one here has discovered anything for themselves but only what they have been taught, read, heard or rationalized. Yet each claims their opponent is doing just that. It is evident none of you have endeavored in science or religion other than to gain enough information to somehow support what you want to be true. Sheeple all.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • MongoMe

      Just curious, what have you discovered?

      July 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  53. scott kitt

    For those of you Christians who are STILL clinging to the idea that evolution can be reconciled with the bible, take a little advice from one of your own brethren on the matter. The following is a CHRISTIAN AUTHOR who admits that the word yom does mean a 24 hour period in the creation account:

    "The Hebrew word for ‘day’ is ‘yom’ and this word can occasionally be used to mean an indefinite period of time, if the content warrants. In the overwhelming preponderance of its occurrences in the O.T., however, it means a literal day… Still further, the plural form of the word (Hebrew 'yamim') is used over 700 times in the O.T. and always, without exception, refers to literal ‘days.’" (The Bible Has the Answers, Henry Morris, p. 94).

    Obviously even Creationist Morris admits the idea that each day represented an era is ridiculous. Not only is the day-age theory unacceptable scripturally, but it also is grossly in conflict with the geological position with which it attempts to compromise. My suggestion? Make a valid justification as to how the creation account can be plausible, until then don’t pimp feeble lies to cover up for your even more errant book.

    http://www.evilbible.com/a_day_is_a_day.htm

    July 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  54. Jennifer

    Who started all the God talk? Sheesh..........................I wanted to learn more about Quasars and black holes, etc.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • MongoMe

      Yes, and I was hoping to learn more about the God particle.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  55. Brown

    We always find something in the space or wherever that is unreachable, so whats the point?

    July 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  56. Damnu

    Why is it when something remarkable is discovered, or disclosed to everyone, that it becomes a heated issue of someone's god and book being the real deal and everyone else is wrong? Honestly, they found water. Who really gives a damn about your god, bible, faith, religion, beliefs, or whatever else you feel inclined to shove down everyone's throat. Get over yourselves before we toss you in a black hole.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Jennifer

      Damnu: Thank you!!!

      July 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  57. mk

    I think god and sceince can coexist. Who or what caused the big bang? Who or what created singularity? What is outside the universe? Its all mind boggling. There has to be a creator or a creative force not necessarily having our best interests in mind. Maybe the creator doesnt even know or bother about our existence,.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Phil

      Science and the bible cannot "coexist". That is, fiction cannot exist in the place of proven facts.

      I'm very proud and happy being an atheist. I do not need fantasy in my life to make it seem more complete. The reason religion isn't part of world history is because it's complete fiction. It was written by man to control people...it boils down to nothing more than that. Religion controls through fear.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • Steven Stormcrow

        Phil,
        Your religion of no-religion is just as closed to open fact finding as the fundamentalist Bible thumping zealots you despise. Religions don't constitute the full extent of possibilities for spiritual energy; ours, other life forms elsewhere, or the possibility of a greater source of spiritual energy. Get of the pious self-sufficient soapbox and contribute to the core discussion.
        I am not an astronomer by any means, and only dabble at the surface of physics (to the depth I can understand as I learn more). Despite those who appear to be unimpressed with this discovery, I find it fascinating. I know that there is a fair amount of water out ”there”. I also understand that our penetrating eyes searching our galaxy, and scraping at the edges of other galaxies is somewhat akin to shining a penlight from a lifeboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean at night. We by no means can see any detail for a significant distance. We are doing well to identify some of the stars in our galaxy and very well indeed if we can identify new planets. If some day (from our lifeboat) we spot the distinct skyline of mountains on the horizon, look through our binoculars, and see no life forms, should we conclude that they don’t exist anywhere on the island or continent in front of us. I think not.
        However, with long distance spectral analysis (etc. etc.) of very large areas we are learning new things. I thought water would be rarer, because I had assumed that hydrogen would be abundantly available as it is one of the most common gases found in space. The next most common gas is helium. Over 90% of mass observable in space is gas. Much rarer interspersed clouds of oxygen and nitrogen can also be found. Therefore I assumed that it was a rare exception when hydrogen and oxygen would have a chance to meet and be fused into water as they are not usually in close proximity to each other.
        It is also my understanding that there is a great deal of interstellar dust clouds just waiting to coalesce. In that dust we can expect to find most of what we find on our own floors and window sills. Not uncommon are clouds of silica dust. Is it possible that some of these clouds are bound with oxygen and thus silicon dioxide clouds are present?
        If these factors are likely true (or at least plausible) then perhaps in some large areas of the universe there are large concentrations of these forms of matter and the gasses are not evenly distributed, but rather there are pockets with greater potential for water to exist. All we need is an occasional quasar to start mixing the hydrogen and oxygen and flooding the end of the street in a galaxy like a fire hydrant open on both sides in a hot concrete city in somewhere United States. I think this is an incredible discovery! Some do not. But in my mind it fuels the intuition that many of us have that water and life is elsewhere. Because our knowledge of what is within our own galaxy is so limited, it could be here and we just don’t know it. Perhaps we will find more definitive answers in the next fifty years. If there are other sentient and curious neighbors, perhaps they will find us, or we will find them within the next century or two. I guess I just feel a tiny bit more hope for our planet’s future, displaced to future generations after I am gone, but hope for them feels good to me now.

        July 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  58. RodBinNC

    This is good as I am thirsty.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • MongoMe

      Yeah, I read this and had to grab a cold one.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  59. Cyg

    If time is relative and water is gone, and our minds above are closed – then why not just turtle up and kill yourselves, end it now? Why strive for the next day? You have nothing left to achieve, right? Or – do you want see what lays beyond your tomorrow? Then you can't criticize someone else for wanting to do it in space, which – if we didn't have closed minded cretins like most above, we should have been in space and doing much more than we're doing now a LONG TIME AGO.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • RodBinNC

      Actually I am planning on killing myself. I just can't figure if I should do it before a meal at Shoney's or after.

      July 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  60. F0st3rs

    Granted it is a rambling mess and certainly shows that Terry needs considerable help of one kind or another, which I hope he gets, but I must also point out the glaring misspelling of the word "examined." It is not hard to miss since it was capitalized. If a writer is going to bring attention to something it helps to spell it correctly. I would also like to point out that, just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  61. LOLYMF

    This talk about water in space and all these people posting GOD this, bible this, Devil that and science this, holy science crap, who gives a poop? I don't give a crap who made this! All I would like to see is if we are going to exploit this new knowledge and build a water park in this quasar place? Or is China going to beat us to the punch and make it green too?

    July 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Steven Stormcrow

      I told my grandson that the Vernicknids were going to put it into their water condensing bladder bags and hyper-transport most of it back to Vernick7 for a water slide park. He was disappointed that we did not have the technology to beat them to the punch; so am I.
      Crack a bottled water and toast the Vernicknids.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  62. Jack

    UPDATE: They forgot to account for the red-shift. It's not water. It's meatloaf.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Steven Stormcrow

      Hes back?

      July 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  63. Smeez

    Let's make a space swimming pool with all that space water!

    July 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  64. Davis Todd

    I'm gonna need a longer straw.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  65. studdmuffins

    Water in the celestial neighborhood? Good to know should we run short.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  66. TurdThrower

    Uhh... I thought the universe was only 3000 years old. I mean didn't humans live alongside the dinosaurs?

    July 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  67. IndianNtheCupboard

    Science is barely cathching up to the fantastic ideas known by all great indigenous peoples of the world. Scientist should listen and not speculate about "truths" and tear down the lines of reality and mysticism...they're one in the same. These "new discoveries" are what we (indigenous peoples) have been taught to us since birth. Surprised? No. Surprised science is finally able to vaildate truths? Yes.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • IndianNtheCupboard

      Correction on grammar and usage: These "new discoveries" are what we (indigenous peoples) have been taught since birth.

      July 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • MongoMe

      What is an indigenous person?

      July 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
      • RiverAlph

        isnt that a very smart person.... oh no what that is an ingenious person

        July 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  68. mark

    that's it. we are going to the quasar to bring that water back. problem solved.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  69. Roy

    I applaud the science community for their discoveries, I do not applaud the science community for their highly speculative and hypothetical estimates. The community has no irrefutable evidence whatsoever as to the age of the earth nor the universe. They continue to defy there exist a grand creator, they continue to defy what is recorded bibically, they continue to defy and mislead everyone into thinking how this incredible architectually well designed planet evolved rather than acknowledging the elasticity of the Holy Book, what is recorded within. For those who who have true wisdom and knowledge of our wonderful planet earth and respect the laws of God, they will indeed see the end result of the grand creators promise, for those who rather turn the other way, an awakening in Gods time will clearly indentify this conspirancy and how the human race has been mislead for so long.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  70. Eileen Bora

    Apologies for spelling error – 'here' on line 11 should read 'hear'. Just in case soöepne wanta to be smart rather than clever.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  71. Eileen Bora

    I am deeply sadden by all the detrimental comments made regarding science and faith. How dare you trample of the beliefs of millions of people worldwide? Someone once said 'a little science takes you away from God; a lot of science brings you back'. It always amazes me that teams of scientists can dedicate their lives to discover something that was there waiting for them to find. All the major discoveries were there, just waiting for someone to stumble on them and share them with the world. Doesn't that tell you something – even if all you can wrap your minds around is the concept that maybe God is the greatest scientist /scholar/lawmaker/ life-giver – makes you and your small mind pale into ınsıgnıfıcence. The universe is established on scientific laws but that doesn't mean that a higher authority wasn't at work. And may I admonish all those who wish to demean the faith of others – you are entitled to your opinion but never lose sight of the fact that it is only YOUR opinion, which only rates highly with you. Such opinions are often based on very little knowledge or reason; often arrived at by a desire to be 'cool' so, sometimes opinions are best kept to one's self maybe even just to stop making yourself look silly. Sssshhhhh – you attitude talk so loud I can't here what you are saying. Show me the 100% proof there is no God then maybe I'll listen but until then stick to things you know. This subject clearly isn't one of them.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Martin T

      Eileen, this is where things go wrong. When the right to open debate about religion suddenly is called to a halt because of some unwritten rule that it is off limits to question faith and god. Of course it's fine to debate science, but you better not "trample" on other's beliefs. Why not? What makes faith and religion more valuable than science and reason? What gives one group the right to question all and another no rights at all? Sure faith is personal and most people of faith take their religion quite personally, but why? IF I were religious and I truly believed, why would someone who came along and questioned my beliefs worry me? I believe the reason is because most people of faith do not want to hear the truth because it threatens their very existance and beliefs. Now, science welcomes such debate, we seek to question everything and to find fault in what we have learned, because this allows us to find the truth. Simple as that.

      July 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Phil

      Ha, ha, ha, ha. Please...

      People lose sight of "god" through science, because science makes "god" unnecessary. The proof is out there that god doesn't exist... Try praying. Pray to god that he cures cancer tomorrow. There is a 100% chance that tomorrow, cancer will still be here. This god you love so much, said you can pray to him and he will answer all of your prayers...no matter how trivial they are...all of them will be answered.

      Talk to god. Does god answer? No. That's because god doesn't actually exist.

      Ask jesus to appear. Does he? No. That's because he doesn't exist either...and it's not like he has had a problem according to the bible - he appears to many after his death. It even states that you can ask him to appear and he shall...but yet, he's a no show, just like he has been for the past 2,000 years.

      Place your faith to the side completely, and listen to logic and reason. Do you actually believe that there is a magical sky fairy at work, watching over us all day? Do you believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy? No...because those things were revealed to you as false ideas, long ago. So how is god any different?

      When you start listening to logic and reason, faith loses it's ability to keep things together.

      Your life won't be "empty" without god. Mine isn't.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • Mario

      The anti Christ is everywhere and online his demons plague the forums. Remember those who laugh at Christ our Lord of Lords and King of Kings will hardly do so in the abuzzo on Judgement day. It is very sad but mostly aggravating to see them laugh themselves to their own deaths when Judgement Day comes.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
      • Phil

        As told by your book of fiction. It's also mentioned that your god would strike me down as a result of my beliefs and for using his name in vain.

        ...yet I'm still here... Nothing has happened or will happen.

        I'm sorry to be so dead set on my belief that there never has been a "god"...but when you come here and make such stupid outlandish comments - I have a hard time refraining from speaking the truth.

        July 26, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Warlockofoz

      Eileen it's imposable to prove a negative

      July 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • Qwame

        WOW, I never knew anything was imposable, lol, just messing with ya for the typo.

        November 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  72. Buser

    If this is a black hole, the water is long gone.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  73. Babu G. Ranganathan

    It is pure assumption to believe that stars are a result of these gases. If the Big Bang had occurred, then gases in space would have normally dissipated in rather than coalesced to form into stars.

    Furthermore, gravity may explain how the order found in the precise courses of trillions of stars is maintained, but gravity cannot explain the origin of that order! I’m sure that the trillions of stars in the beginning didn’t decide to get out of each other’s way.

    Yes, there is disorder in the universe, even among the stars, but the disorder in the universe is because of chance. The high degree of order in the universe, on the other hand, can only be rationally explained due to a supreme mind or intelligence.

    Einstein showed, through complex mathematics understood only by some scientists, that matter, space, and time all came into existence at once. Time itself had a beginning. Time is not eternal. Even if time could be eternal, the universe doesn’t have the ability to have sustained itself from all eternity. The universe requires a Creator and a Designer.

    If all of the above is true, then it stands to reason that the universe very well could have been created as mature and fully functional from the beginning.

    My popular Internet article “Science Doesn’t Explain Away God” offers some more interesting thoughts on the subject.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  74. Donner

    CTYank...just because I do not believe in evolution doesn't make me ignorant..I graduated from the University of Ga,with a Ba degree....I have just been taught the Christian Faith..while isn't as popular as it used to be because of people like you doesn't mean I should not to choose to believe in God....you are an idiot

    July 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  75. cpc65

    "A team of international scientists analyzing a quasar 12 billion light-years from Earth say there is water vapor in the object – which they call a voraciously feeding black hole equivalent to 34 billion times the mass of our planet. They say it's the largest mass of water ever found." ~ That's on hell of a flush.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  76. Ethan murrey

    I'm thirsty!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  77. tim d

    makes me thirsty to think about it

    July 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  78. Mike in SA

    Hell yes there's water out there! I mean, we've ALL seen Star Trek, haven't we?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  79. DrDiomedes

    This is very cool. The potential for life very early in the universe exists ...

    July 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  80. Jason

    For all the scientist who say/think they are too smart and logical to believe in "Blind Faith"...Can anyone one please show me the math that proves "1 = 1" or do i just have to just have "Faith" that what you "tell" me one is equal to... as truth? hmmmm. just a thought....

    July 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  81. Christian

    What will B. HUSSEIN OBAMA do to get us back on the right track??

    July 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Davis Todd

      Christians belong in a different black hole.

      July 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  82. brad

    it is technically impossible for a human mind to fully comprehend the number 1,000,000,000 and yet every one has an opinion. Humans will never be able to utilize this water so consider it like you would artwork. Observe it, stand in awe of it. If you feel the need to praise the Lord for it do it, if you want to blog about how dumb the dude that does is, do it. Either way, we have a debt that is in the several trillian dollar range and out of your paycheck you payed taxes that went to discovering thisinstead of fixing so many issues that will directly affect you like education and infrastructure and research into getting us out from under the weight of oil dependance so do something with the information because it's yours.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  83. Rudi Merom

    All is at wwwTheDimensionMchineDOTcom

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  84. Doug

    Mike, you say science lied about global warming??? The statistics point out that there has been a rise in temperature since 1983. There has been a corresponding increase in carbon dioxide in the same period. The closest planet to the sun Mercury is NOT the hottest. Why??? Because the hottest, Venus, is full of carbon dioxide in its cloud cover. Venus average surface temperature is 847 degrees. On Mercury it's around 350. This is WHY we NEED to control carbon emissions! Case Closed...

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  85. Kevin Kunkel

    Who cares? Are we really spending money on things like this that really don't matter? How does this make the world a better place? How does it feed starving people or end war. It's nothing more than very mildly interesting and has no value what so ever.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • DrDiomedes

      Ask this question to the ancient Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and all peoples who have been asking these same questions since the dawn of civilization. In other words, its our nature.

      July 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Warlockofoz

      Kevin, what would the world be like if the Wright brothers had said that about the first airplane or when the cave man discovered fire? You never know where a discovery will lead until you run with it.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  86. not you

    You all came here to read something you didn't know, now it seems you know it all. The one unchanging element or religon and science is human nature.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  87. Jo Jo

    Didn't Al Gore claim he discovered Quasar warming?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  88. TangyOrangy

    Outstanding photos. I'm always in awe of the Universe.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  89. badlia2

    Swimming pool of god!!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  90. wendy5

    does that mean its going to rain soon

    July 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  91. grassy knoll

    Lucky basterds, they must have some great beaches. Couple of Corona's, sun tan lotion, sun glasses, swim suit, throw in some hot babes in thongs, Im there.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  92. Ari

    Just curious, why has there only been 1 Big Bang?

    July 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  93. wiflash

    If we can get a long enough pvc pipe that is a foot in diameter and a huge pump I bet we can fill every swimming pool in the world.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  94. Floretta

    We're gonna need a bigger pipeline.....

    July 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  95. newton

    this article makes me have to pee. quasars now make me have to pee. never did before

    July 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  96. Jim

    No, no... we don't need no more water. We need oil, or better put it, gas in the tank. Set those Quasar lookers to find oil in the universe and hook up a pipeline down here. Anything else is just #&^%&*%^$!

    July 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  97. mark

    you bible bashers are also ridiculous, the bible DOES NOT ANYWHERE mention the age of the earth or that it is 6000 years old. However people will always come to different conclusions, stating that to god maybe one day is the equivalent of a billion years to man. either way, personally I believe that intelligence required a pre-existing intelligent creator. I refuse to believe that some big explosion of gases brought about intelligence and everything that is now in existence. That also doesn't make any sense.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • newton

      say what? If god said 7 days, of course it meant earth days. Maybe a more accurate god should have said "Earth days". But to suggest the concept of a day even exists in a God of the Universe makes no sense. All a day is is what we chose to call 1 rotation of the earth. We could have called it a fart. You think God is like "oh, I should have been more precise and said "universe day", which is the universe's rotation in relationship to. . .oh wait a minute. I didnt think you humans would infer "earth day", I'd better be more selective of my words". (all of this is complete fiction of course anyway)

      But, christians have this good argument - God and the Bible are just about how to deal with Earth and Heaven - all need to know basis kind of information. God didnt feel he needed to mention how he runs other planets or galaxies. Thats a whole week's worth of seminars. So much extra work that the infantile humans wont get anyway. So he was just shorthanding to the humans the info they needed to manage Earth and the road to Heaven In other words, he tweeted us. Ill believe that. In the grand universal scheme, the Bible is a tweet

      July 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
      • Tha Chikin

        Very good analogy!

        The bottom line is, the Bible wasn't written by God... it was written by men. End of story.

        Why do people always feel compelled to drag religion into Science? Religion belongs in church.

        Now back to Space and SCIENCE!!

        July 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
      • Mac

        Well...well.....well...there goes another fart. Clueless individuals who have not even figured out the complex nature of our own earth...to even talk about our galaxy...what a fart!

        July 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Steven Stormcrow

      Mark,
      Try this argument on for size. If god is an infinite spirit and if god is omniscient then he could have provided the energy that pops into existence in a vacuum. God could have been the initial action that caused the resulting reactions. God knew what would eventually come about and it was in no hurry, because it is timeless. God was capable of one hell of a 200 billion rail bank-shot on the pool table of the universe. So what if it used a big explosion to get things rolling, does that make it less omnipotent? There is an awful lot of evidence accumulating that supports a big bang in the middle of billions of galaxies and trillions of stars moving constantly and outward at increasing velocity. You will be on intellectually and spiritually more solid ground if you let the search for knowledge continue and then claim that it was the power of your god that made these things happen.
      Let the search for truth continue without your constant nagging that there is a hidden agenda. Scientists may prove universal laws, and you can claim that universal laws are God’s laws. But let the honest search for discovery of the unexplained and efforts to explain and prove continue. It will serve to your benefit as well as it will mankind’s.
      It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)
      "As far as I have presumed to dive into and occupy myself with the sacred volumes, I feel satisfied of their Divine origin and truth. And I am satisfied; likewise, that they contain more matter than any one, and I in particular, can ever aspire fully to understand. This belief, however, ought in nowise to slacken our diligence, or damp our ardor, in attempting a constant pursuit after the attainment of knowledge and truth; as we may flatter ourselves, although unable to reach the gate, we are still approaching nearer to its portals, which of itself is a great blessing." Duke of Sussex
      I graduated theological seminary. I studies Christianity and other religions for years before I concluded that they were manipulated belief systems that struggle to remain relevant, abreast of the times, and in agreement with anything newly proven to be an absolute (even if they fought against the process for generations beforehand).
      Sheesh, why get stuck in a rut? I believe atheists are close minded. I believe religious people who have been taught one avenue of thinking by generations of self-proclaimed “godly” men closed to uncolored and pure truth. Color me optimistic and agnostic.
      I’ve got to stop commenting on remarks like yours. I did not change your point of view and likely angered you as much as you frustrated me. I’ve got to ignore opinionated people who are struggling on the learning curve so I don’t waste time and energy. I’m sorry to have disrupted your shallow and inculcated train of thought. Please continue.

      July 30, 2011 at 12:01 am |
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