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Extremely Rare Triple Quasar Found


Image credit: Emanuele Paolo Farina

Image credit: Emanuele Paolo Farina

For only the second time in history, a team of scientists–including Carnegie’s Michele Fumagalli–have discovered an extremely rare triple quasar system. Their work is published by Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. It is available online.

Quasars are extremely bright and powerful sources of energy that sit in the center of a galaxy, surrounding a black hole. In systems with multiple quasars, the bodies are held together by gravity and are believed to be the product of galaxies colliding.

Quasars are extremely bright and powerful sources of energy that sit in the center of a galaxy, surrounding a black hole. In systems with multiple quasars, the bodies are held together by gravity and are believed to be the product of galaxies colliding..

By combining multiple telescope observations and advanced modeling, the team–led by Emanuele Farina of the University of Insubria in Como Italy–was able to find the triplet quasar, called QQQ J1519+0627. The light from the quasars has traveled 9 billion light years to reach us, which means the light was emitted when the universe was only a third of its current age.

Full Stort: http://carnegiescience.edu/news/extremely_rare_triple_quasar_found
Image: https://www.ras.org.uk/images/stories/triple%20quasar.jpg

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