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Quasar PG 1012+008

Quasar PG 1012+008

Depicts: PG 1012+008
Copyright: John Bahcall (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) Mike Disney (University of Wales) and NASA

Hubble has captured quasar PG 1012+008, located 1.6 billion light-years from Earth, merging with a bright galaxy (the object just below the quasar).

The two objects are 31,000 light-years apart, but the swirling wisps of dust and gas surrounding the quasar and galaxy provide strong evidence for an interaction between them.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Feb-2024 19:37 UT

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