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A Primordial Quasar

A Primordial Quasar

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A powerpoint presentation on quasars, their origins, and their significance in the scientific field of astronomy.
A powerpoint presentation on quasars, their origins, and their significance in the scientific field of astronomy.

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Published by: Jesse Wen on May 12, 2014
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A Primordial Quasar

Taken May 20, 2003
Wolfram Freudling, Ph.D
Active Galaxies
• Galaxies which have extraordinary
luminosities from their nuclei
• Unusual appearance (most particular in the
nucleus)
• More violent activity within (i.e. large energy
readings and emissions)
• Jets emanating from the nucleus, streams of
particles emitting from the center
Quasars
• Brightest & most distant objects in universe
• “Radio Stars”
• Quasar comes from the term “Quasi-stellar
radio source”
• Astronomers refer quasars as “Quasi-stellar
objects” (QSOs)
Quasars
• Astronomers still puzzled over what exactly
Quasars are.
• Best hypothesis is that quasars are the nuclei
of active galaxies (Active galactic
nucleus “AGN”)
• Produced by massive black holes consuming
matter in an acceleration disk
Quasars
• Emit large proportions of energy. Amount of
burned energy equals to that of 1 trillion suns.
• Some quasars produce 10 – 100 times more
energy than the entire Milky Way Galaxy
• Have the largest red-shift compared to any
other object in the universe

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