Strange radio structure detected around universe’s brightest quasar

Astronomers have discovered two large mysterious objects erupting from the brightest black hole in the known universe.

Discovered during a 1959 survey of the cosmos radio wave sources, the supermassive black hole 3C 273 is a quasar – short for “quasi-stellar object”, because the light emitted by these behemoths is bright enough to be mistaken for starlight. While black holes themselves don’t emit light, larger ones are surrounded by gargantuan eddies of gas called accretion disks; when the gas falls into the black hole at a speed close to light, friction heats the disc and causes it to blaze with radiation – usually detected as radio waves.

Leave a Comment