Compass and scale image

Quasars are the brilliant beacons of light that are powered by black holes feasting on captured material, and in the process, heating some of the matter to millions of degrees. The brightest quasars reside in galaxies distorted by collisions with other galaxies.


NASA, ESA/Hubble, and K. Schawinski (Yale University)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:27 June 2012, 13:50
Size:386 x 400 px

About the Object

Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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