Latest Quasar Stories

Sideline Quasars May Have Hampered Galaxy Formation
2013-03-22 04:19:47

Astronomers from the University of Colorado Boulder believe that so-called sideline quasars located on the outer fringes of a larger, brighter active galactic nucleus might have joined forces with it to prevent the formation of small galaxies billions of years ago.

Scientests Discover Extremely Rare Triple Quasar
2013-03-12 09:51:15

For only the second time in history, a team of scientists including Michele Fumagalli from the Carnegie Institution for Science in the United States have discovered an extremely rare triple quasar system.

Astronomers Create 3D Image Of Quasar
2013-02-19 04:09:56

Astronomers using the Subaru Telescope recently obtained a three-dimensional view of a distant gravitationally-lensed quasar and discovered complex structures inside outflows coming from the nucleus.

Taking Temperature Of Universe In Past Reveals Cooling Trend
2013-01-23 12:51:18

Astronomers using CSIRO radio telescope have discovered that the Universe's temperature has cooled down, which falls right in line with the Big Bang theory.

Evidence Of Gas Flow As Galactic Fuel Found
2013-01-12 08:28:26

Researchers have discovered direct, empirical evidence of the existence of gas flows that are consumed by galaxies as fuel.

Astronomers Discover Structure 4 Billion Light Years Across - Largest Known In Universe
2013-01-11 13:29:21

Astronomers have reportedly discovered the largest known structure in the universe – a formation so massive it would take a vehicle that was moving at light speed roughly four billion light years to cross it.

Geysers Caught Pouring Out Of The Galactic Plane
2013-01-02 12:05:25

Astronomers using CSIRO's 210-feet Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia have found monstrous outflows of charged particles coming from the center of our galaxy.

All Black Holes Launch Fundamentally Similar High-Speed Jets
2012-12-14 11:31:15

A new study shows that high-speed jets launched from active black holes share fundamental similarities despite the mass, age or environment of their originating black hole.

Microquasar Found In Distant Galaxy
2012-12-12 13:35:22

Astronomers have found a microquasar in a galaxy far away for the first time, according to a report in the journal Nature.

Latest Quasar Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos -- Stars are organised into galaxies which in turn appear to form clusters and superclusters, separated by voids. Prior to 1989 it was commonly assumed that the superclusters were the largest structures in existence, and that they were distributed more-or-less uniformly throughout the universe in every direction. However, in 1989, Margaret Geller and John Huchra discovered the "Great Wall", a sheet of galaxies more than 500 million light years long...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Supermassive Black Hole -- A Supermassive black hole is a black hole with a mass in the range of millions or billions solar masses. A supermassive black hole has some interesting properties differing from his low-mass cousins: -- The average density of a supermassive black hole can be very low, and actually can be lower than water's density. This happens because the black hole diameter increases linearly with mass, and consequently density drops much faster. -- Strong tidal...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Redshift -- Redshift is the phenomenon that the frequency of light when observed, under certain circumstances, can be lower than the frequency of light when it was emitted at the source. This usually occurs when the source moves away from the observer, as in the Doppler effect. More specifically, the term redshift is used for the observation that the spectrum of light emitted by distant galaxies is shifted to lower frequencies (towards the red end of the spectrum, hence the name) when...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Microquasar -- Microquasars are smaller cousins of quasars. They are named after quasars, as they have some common characteristics: strong and variable radio emission often seen as radio jets, and an accretion disk surrounding a black hole. In quasars, the black hole is supermassive (millions of solar masses) as in microquasars, the black hole mass is a few solar masses. In microquasars, the accreted mass comes from a normal star and the accretion disk is very luminous in optical regions...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gravitational Lens -- A gravitational lens is formed when the light from a very distant, bright object (such as a quasar) is "bent" around a massive object (such as a massive galaxy) between the bright object and the viewer. The process is known as gravitational lensing, and was one of the predictions made by Einstein's general relativity. Description In a gravitational lens, the gravity from the massive object bends light as a lens might. As a result, the path of the light from a...

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