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Missing Light of the Visible Universe --"Is It Coming from Some Exotic New Source?" (Weekend Feature)

"The most exciting possibility is that the missing photons are coming from some exotic new source, not galaxies or quasars at all," said Neal Katz of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For example, the mysterious dark matter, which holds...

Scientists find brightest night light circling impossibly huge black hole

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Astronomers have discovered a distant, massive and ancient black hole that calls into question current models for the early expansion of the universe. A team of scientists from China and Arizona spotted the brightest quasar from theShow More Summary

Ancient Black Hole Discovered --12 Billion Times Mass of the Sun!

Astronomers have found a huge black hole which was powering the brightest object in the early universe. The black hole's mass is 12 billion solar masses, and the surrounding quasar pumped out 10^15 times the sun's energy. An international team...

Biggest Light Show In The Known Universe!

It’s a black hole 12.8 billion light years from Earth, formed just 900 million years after the Big Bang, and 12 billion times the size of the sun. Astrophysicists are lovin’ it: The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar – an intensely powerful galactic radiation source – with a million billion times [...]

Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

Deep in the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years old -- and way bigger than it should be...

This Enormous, Ancient Black Hole Defies the Laws of Physics

Today, astronomers announced the discovery of a gargantuan black hole powering an ultra-luminous quasar the brightest and most powerful objects in the universe. But its not just any old black hole. According to University of ArizonaShow More Summary

Space telescopes uncover supermassive black hole winds

Supermassive black holes are titanic oddities. Usually sited at the core of galaxies and various high-energy phenomena such as quasars, their mass can be anywhere from that of a hundred thousand to billions of suns. Now observationsShow More Summary

Fate of Galaxies Linked to Their Supermassive Black Hole

The evolution of galaxies is connected to the growth of supermassive black holes in their centers. During the quasar phase, a huge luminosity is released as matter falls onto the black hole, and radiation-driven winds can transfer most of this...

Giving shape to black holes' intense winds

By looking at the speed of ambient gas spewing out from a well-known quasar, astronomers are gaining insight into how black holes and their host galaxies might have evolved at the same time.

Hemmings Sunday Cinema – across Europe in a 911, Quasar Unipower, Rita Hayworth’s Cadillac, Duel

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Hemmings.com

Chris Rusby often questions his reasons for traveling to Greece to buy a 1969 Porsche 911 sight unseen and then driving it back to his home in England throughout this half-hour video he made of the journey, but we’d say it was worth it for those Alpine views alone. (via) Michael Banovsky, who […]

Is This The Sneakiest Marvel Crossover Ever?

How did the Living Laser's appearance in an issue of "Quasar" result in a defining moment for an X-Men "What If...?" tale?

Black hole on a diet creates a 'changing look' quasar

Astronomers have identified the first 'changing look' quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch.

Galactic 'hailstorm' in the early universe

Two teams of astronomers have used computer models to look back nearly 13 billion years, when the Universe was less than 10 percent its present age, to determine how quasars - extremely luminous objects powered by supermassive black holes with the mass of a billion suns - regulate the formation of stars and the build-up of the most massive galaxies. read more

Peering Back 13-Billion Years to View Quasars Powered by Supermassive Black Holes

Astronomers have been able to peer back to the young Universe to determine how quasars – powered by supermassive black holes with the mass of a billion suns – form and shape the evolution of galaxies. Quasars are amongst the...

Galactic 'hailstorm' in the early Universe

Astronomers have been able to peer back to the young Universe to determine how quasars -- powered by supermassive black holes with the mass of a billion suns -- form and shape the evolution of galaxies.

This Is What a Quasar Looks Like

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The mysterious celestial objects called quasars are some of the brightest objects in our universe. Quasars are actually galaxies with powerful black holes at their centers, sucking in matter and spitting out gouts of x-rays that create a massive, broiling-hot cloud. Read more...

Quasars May Reveal Hidden Cosmic Superstructure

Earlier this year, astronomers nailed down their understanding of the intergalactic medium (IGM)—the superstructure that links the universe together in a glistening cosmic web. But there are clearly levels to the universe’s structure that we don’t even know anything about yet. The existence of dark matter and...

This week in science: quasars hung by the cosmos with care

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

This impression illustrates the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures they inhabit; these alignments are over billions of light-years and are the largest known in the Universe. Image credit: ESO / M. Show More Summary

Spooky quasar alignment at a distance

The filaments that structure the Universe may have lined up its galaxies too.

VLT telescope reveals mysterious alignment of quasars with the Universe’s large-scale structure

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Astronomers using the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have discovered an unexpected alignment of the spinning axes of supermassive black holes located billions of light-years apart. As if that discovery wasn’t fascinating enough...Show More Summary

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