Thursday, November 29, 2012

Largest Quasar Ever Discovered Burns 100 Times Brighter Than Entire Milky Way

Glowing galactic center located near a supermassive black hole

Artist's Rendering of Huge Quasar Outflow
Artist's Rendering of Huge Quasar Outflow ESO/L. Cal├žada

PopSci - Astronomers have found a galaxy whose super-luminous nucleus--called a quasar--is burning 100 times as much energy as the entire Milky Way galaxy.

Though theory has long predicted that quasars this powerful should exist, the newly-discovered object, known as SDSS J1106+1939, is by far the most energetic ever observed. The quasar is powered by a supermassive black hole that lies at its center.