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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Oil is one of the most precious non renewable resources on the face of the earth. Formed by millions of years of organic compression, we have utilized this product to not only fuel our homes, but also fill the pockets of wealthy oil tycoons. And with the composition of oil dying out, it was really epic news when scientists said that they discovered an oil field with  200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Now if you know how much water the earth has, you'll know that that's quite a lot.

However before you drop your pannies, hold on. The massive oil field is 1,300 light years away from the earth, and is inaccessible with our current technology. The scientists who discovered the oil field work at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and using the 30m-telescope of the Institute for Radio Astronomy they discovered a vast cloud of hydrocarbons within the Horsehead Nebula galaxy in the Orion constellation.


"Yup, it's a vast cloud, that means that the oil is literally floating in space. Quintillions upon quintillions of dollars is floating in space..... DAMN!!" Quote by Trinikid.

Upon discovery of the cloud IRAM astronomer Viviana Guzman declared that, "The nebula contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than the total amount of water on Earth!"

Therefore the number of barrels that can be filled with that much oil is one hundred and fifty-five quintillion, two hundred and thirty-eight quadrillion, ninety-five trillion, two hundred and thirty-eight billion, ninety-five million, two hundred and fifty thousand, or 155,238,095,238,095,250,000 barrels. So with the cost of a barrel of oil costing something like $88USD I guess you can calculate how much it's worth.

Oh Oh Oh, I have a question. How is there oil in space if oil is formed by millions of years of organic matter buried underground? Well the hydrocarbons were likely created by the fragmentation of giant carbonaceous molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are produced during the death of a star.

So maybe this might give us an indication that with the right conditions oil can be created in other ways and maybe we may be able to recreate the substance in a lab... Maybe. Or maybe there are aliens out there that died and were crushed under the influence of stellar gravity.... Maybe.