Quasars and Their Host Galaxies

Quasars reside in a variety of galaxies, from normal to highly disturbed. When seen through ground-based telescopes, these compact, enigmatic light sources resemble stars, yet they are billions of light-years away and several hundred billion times brighter than normal stars.


John Bahcall (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) Mike Disney (University of Wales) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

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Release date:19 November 1996, 15:00
Size:600 x 463 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 04505-2958, IRAS 13218+0552, IRAS F03161-3437, PG 0052+251, PG 1012+008, PHL 909
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar

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