A new quasar has just been discovered by scientists, as they captured an extremely bright radio signal from the universe’s earliest days. A fast-moving material ejecting from the massive celestial object was observed by a team conducted by Eduardo Bañados, one of the new study’s authors from the Carnegie Institute for Science.
The significance of such discovery
According to the astronomers, the light of this recently detected quasar has been on its way to Earth for almost 13 billion years, from the total of 13.7 billion years that the universe has. This is extremely important, as it could provide astronomers with some understanding on how the universe looked like when it was in its infancy.
An uncommon type of quasar
The quasar that has just come to our knowledge is actually quite a rare type of such objects. Apart from swallowing matter into the black hole, it also releases a plasma jet at speeds close to that of light. Due to this jet that is being discharged, the quasar becomes remarkably bright in the frequencies spotted by the radio telescopes.
A bright galaxy from a far-away place
It is the first time when we have conclusive evidence of a quasar’ radio jets observed in the first billion years of the universe’s history. According to Bañados, “There is a dearth of known strong radio emitters from the universe’s youth and this is the brightest radio quasar at that epoch by an order of magnitude.”
It is definitely extremely improbable to find quasars emitting radio jets like the newly discovered one, which comes from a very distant time. Just like astronomers, we are very thrilled about this discovery and we hope to find out even more about the beginnings of the universe.
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