Quasar PG 1012+008

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.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9635a5
Type:Observation
Release date:19 November 1996, 15:00
Size:296 x 296 px

About the Object

Name:PG 1012+008, QSO B1012+0048
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.186 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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