A Change for the Science Books

By Austin Durkin

Quasar: A massive and extremely remote celestial object, emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy, and typically having a starlike image in a telescope.

A new quasar has been spotted by The Hubble Space Telescope. This quasar is 12.8 light years away and shines with a light equal to 600 trillion suns. The reason this quasar exists, is due to the supermassive black hole in the center of this young forming galaxy. The mass of this black hole is 700 trillion times that of our own sun. This quasar also has something special about it...

The quasar, known as J043947.08+163415.7 (J0439+1634 for short), is technically the oldest known celestial body in our universe. J0439+1634 is said to be the closest thing to the beginning of our universe, or The Big Bang. Phys.org states, “the quasar is located extremely far back in time and space—shortly after what is known as the Epoch of Reionization—when the very first light emerged from the Big Bang.” Meaning that this quasar is perceived to be as old as The Big Bang itself.

It was extremely lucky how we discovered this quasar, a foreground galaxy brightened the quasars view by 50 times. Without this foreground galaxy, we would have never saw it. It was also very fortunate that this galaxy is dim. If it was any brighter, we would have mistaken the quasar as just apart of this galaxy.

Scientists are still amazed that they got to witness this beautiful event, especially since they've been searching for such an event for 20 years now. This is truly a marvel, and it is beautiful to look at. This is the type of art science makes out there in space, light years away from us. --Possible follow up articles to come since science is always improving our knowledge.--