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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
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ScienceShot: Quasar Caught Dining on a Galaxy
28 June 2010 5:34 pm
Humbling as it seems, even whole galaxies can be ripped apart—as is the one in the red area near the center of this image. The culprit? A quasar (yellow), a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center that creates so much radiation it outshines everything else in the universe. Until now, astronomers have had a hard time getting much of a look at these cosmic beacons, because their light obscures everything around them. But this quasar, known as SDSS J0123+00, is obscured by a thick doughnut of dust called a torus (inset). That's allowed astronomers to sneak a peak at the beast as it rips away giant clouds of gas (green) from a nearby galaxy. The finding, reported in an upcoming issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society, confirms a long-held theory about quasars: They power their intense luminescence by dining on the gas of other galaxies.
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