Astronomers identify record-breaking quasar | ESOcast Light

Astronomers have characterised the most luminous quasar observed to date, which is powered by the fastest-growing black hole. This black hole is growing in mass by the equivalent of one Sun per day. The matter being pulled in toward this black hole forms a disc that measures seven light-years in diameter — about 15 000 times the distance from the Sun to the orbit of Neptune.

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Directed by: Angelos Tsaousis and Martin Wallner.
Editing: Angelos Tsaousis.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Pamela Freeman and Elena Reiriz Martínez
Music: Stellardrone — In Time.
Footage and photos: ESO / Martin Kornmesser, Luis Calçada, Angelos Tsaousis, Cristoph Malin (, Dark Energy Survey.
Scientific consultant: Paola Amico, Mariya Lyubenova.

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Release date:19 February 2024, 17:00
Related releases:eso2402
Duration:01 m 11 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar

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