Quasars

Quasars (6)

Quasars I've imaged.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 14:37

NGC 3079 and the Twin Quasar

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NGC 3079 is a barred spiral in Ursa Major, but for me the real "star" in this image is the Twin Quasar. Which is a single quasar that appears doubled by gravitational lensing by a foreground galaxy. It took the…

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  • Constellation Ursa Major
  • Right Ascension 10h 01m 20.99s
  • Declination +55° 53′ 56.5"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 8.7 billion
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:53

Quasar 3C 273

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Somewhere in this image is Quasar 3C 273, an extremely distant galaxy, but shines with the light of a near by star. When first discovered, the presented a paradox. In images they look like a star, but their red-shift, the…

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  • Constellation Virgo
  • Right Ascension 12h 29m 06.7s
  • Declination +02° 03′ 09″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2.4 billion
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 09 January 2020 23:31

Quasar 3C 147

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3C 147 is a quasar located in the constellation of Auriga. A quasar is a term that originated with the term quasi-stellar object (QSO). When first discovered, they looked like stars, but their spectrum resembled a galaxy, and when their…

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  • Constellation Auriga
  • Right Ascension 05h 42m 36.138s
  • Declination +49° 51′ 07.23″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 5.1 billion light travel time
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:42

Twin Quasar

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The Twin Quasars were one of the first observable effects of gravitational lensing. Light passing through a galaxy YGKOW G1 and its associated cluster located between Earth and the quasar is bent by the gravity of the galaxy cluster to…
Thursday, 08 December 2016 16:14

CTA 102

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Blazar CTA 102 is another blazar that has flared up recently. Discovered in the 1960s by radio telescope surveys.The unidentified radio source was originally speculated to be aliens, but was later identified as a type of quasar. The blazar which…
Saturday, 26 November 2016 13:31

OJ 287

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While it might not look impressive in this image, consider that most of the stars visible in this image are only a few thousand light years away, while OJ 287 is 3.5 billion light years away. What powers this system…