The Center of a Distant Galaxy: “Quasar 3C 279″
July 18, 2012 Leave a Comment
Astronomers were able to make an incredibly clear observation of a super bright quasar galaxy 5 billion light years from Earth. This galaxy was labeled “Quasar 3c 279″ because it shines ultra bright as massive amounts of material fall into it’s giant black hole at the core. The monstrous black hole is about one billion times the mass of the sun, according to the European Southern Observatory.
By connecting three telescopes that are thousands of miles apart, astronomers were able to make the incredibly clear observation, which they say is two million times finer than human vision. In the future, it is planned to connect even more telescopes to create the so-called Event Horizon Telescope. This telescope will be able to image the shadow of the super massive black hole in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, as well as other nearby galaxies.