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Quasar PKS 2349

Since their discovery in 1963, quasars have been enigmatic because they emit prodigious amounts of energy from a very compact source. The most widely accepted model is that a quasar is powered by a supermassive black hole in the core of a galaxy.

Courtesy Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Credit: John Bahcall, Institute for Advanced Study, NASA

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NCSA. Last modified 10/31/95.