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Astronomers Solve the 60-year Old Mystery of Quasars – The Most Powerful Objects in the Universe

Posted by Guy Pirro | 06/07/2024 01:19AM | Comments

First discovered 60 years ago, quasars are the brightest, most powerful objects in the Universe and can shine as brightly as a trillion stars packed into a volume the size of our Solar System. In the decades since they were first observed, it has remained a mystery as to what could trigger such powerful activity. Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Hertfordshire in the UK have now unlocked one of the biggest mysteries of quasars by discovering that they are ignited by galaxies crashing together.

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