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Energy quasar Black holes, deep space

Energy quasar Black holes, deep space


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In December 2012, and thanks to the VLT (Very Large Telescope) telescope, the quasar was discovered with the most energetic output that had been seen so far. It has a force five times greater than any other observed to date.

The VLT telescope belongs to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and is located on the Paranal hill, a mountain located in the Atacama desert, in northern Chile.

This powerful energy output is about a thousand light years from a super massive black hole, right in the center of quasar SDSS J1106 + 1939, which moves at a speed of 8,000 kilometers per second. The type of energy that expels at high speed is at least equivalent to two million million times the power of the Sun's output. More specifically, it is approximately 100 times greater than the total power of the Milky Way galaxy.

This has been the first time that the quasar outflow has been measured. Through theoretical simulations carried out, it has been concluded that the impact of these flows on the galaxies that surround them can solve some of the enigmas of modern astronomy. Among others, how the mass of a galaxy is linked to the mass of its central black hole, or why there are so few large galaxies in the universe.

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