Latest Quasar Stories

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.

First Stars Born Short 750 Million Years After The Big Bang
2012-12-06 12:30:42

The universe has had traces of heavy elements such as carbon and oxygen as far back into time as astronomers have been able to see. Elements such as these were originally churned from the explosion of massive stars.

Astronomers Take Starburst Galaxy Census
2012-12-04 13:02:44

Astronomers have taken a census of hundreds of previously unseen starburst galaxies, revealing high star-formation rates across the Universe.

Chandra Eyes Most Distant X-ray Jet Ever Observed
2012-11-29 10:00:20

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected a jet of X-rays from a supermassive black hole 12.4 billion light years from Earth, making it the most distant X-ray jet ever observed.

Cosmic Outflow From Distant Quasar More Powerful Than Ever
2012-11-28 06:09:15

Astronomers have reported in The Astrophysical Journal that they have found a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen.

BOSS Survey Reveals 48,000 Quasars
2012-11-13 10:38:57

The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) has announced the first major result of a new mapping technique, unveiling over 48,000 quasars.

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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