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Quasar 3C273
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 2.4 billion ly
mag 12.9
Type: Quasar
Imaging Location: Rusty RV Ranch Rodeo New Mexico
Imaging Platform: C14 Hyperstar QSI540
Mount: CGE PRO
Guiding Setup: SSAG Orion Short Tube 80
Exposure: 5x600 LRGB
Date: 2010-03-14
Software: MaximDL, Images Plus, PHD, Photoshop CS4
3C 273 was the first object to be identified as what we now know quasars to be Quasars look like any normal star through an optical telescope. It wasn’t until the 1950’s, when radio astronomy was first developed, that astronomers realized these extragalactic objects are emitting massive amounts of radio energy. This important discovery was named a quasar, short for “Quasi-stellar radio source” Quasars are among the most distant, energetic objects ever observed. Even though individual quasars are brighter than hundreds of galaxies put together, many are smaller than the size of our own solar system

Quasar 3C273

Quasar 3C273