Podcast: Quasars

Last week we talked about galaxies in general, and hinted at the most violent and energetic ones out there: active galaxies. Quasars have been a mystery for half a century; what kind of object could throw out more radiation than an entire galaxy? A black hole, it turns out, with the mass of hundreds of millions of suns performs this feat. Let’s trace back the history of quasars, how they were first discovered and puzzled astronomers for so long. And let’s look at what we know today.

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One Reply to “Podcast: Quasars”

  1. Hmm . . . could Quasars be the birthing place for matter rather than the single point “big bang” theory? That is energy morphing into matter on a scale we haven’t detected. Maybe we can’t see the trees for the forest.

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