November 21, 2007

Quasar

A growing black hole, called a quasar, can be seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra Space Telescopes, astronomers discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.

7 comments:

  1. My 'scope, good as it is, is not quite capable of such artistry.

    It will, though, be available upon the Rectory lawn for the opposition of Mars in coming months.

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  2. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Expect to see some pics then, Mike?

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  3. Unlikely unless I get that "t-ring".

    Then I'd need to level an area of the Rectory yard for the equatorial mount.

    The I'd need to get a clock drive (to keep the 'scope pointed right during exposure).

    Why'd I start down this path?

    It's Caz's fault...

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  4. Anonymous5:13 PM

    We should pass the hat around for the Rectory Telescopy Project.

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  5. Anonymous7:15 PM

    There's that "t-ring" thing again. Wish I had a camera around three months ago.

    I was sitting on the front veranda late one evening. Looked up at the stars as one does and noticed what looked like a satellite moving from the north west to south east. It may have been a high flying aeroplane but from the speed and size it looked just like a satellite.

    Anyway there I was watching this wee dot hiking across the sky when all of a sudden it speeds up incredibly while changing course by some 30 degrees, then nothing, zilch, sweet fanny adams.

    Oh well, it may have been the scotch; who knows, but I have never seen anything like it, probably never will again.

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  6. All my fault, sure, but still no t-ring, is there?

    Is there?

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  7. No. no. NO there isn't.

    Hey, Jarcob! Fifty years since Sputnik. Forty-six since Mercury. Forty-one years since Gemini and thirty-five (in fifteen days) since Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt drove the moon on the last Apollo mission.

    The wonder we have sacrificed to low-Earth orbit boredom.

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