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18 sierpnia 1998

APM 08279+5255: The Brightest Object Yet Known
Źródło: M.J. Irwin (RGO), R.A. Ibata (ESO), G.F. Lewis (U. Washington, U. Victoria), and E.J. Totten (Keele U.), Isaac Newton 2.5-m Telescope

Opis: It shines with the brightness of 100 billion Suns. Is it a mirage? The recently discovered quasar labeled APM 08279+5255 has set a new record as being the brightest continuously emitting object yet known. APM 08279+5255's great distance, though, makes it only appear as bright as magnitude 15.2, an object which can be seen with a moderate sized telescope. It is the quasar's extreme redshift of 3.87 that places it far across our universe, and implies a truly impressive energy output. One possible explanation of APM 08279+5255's record luminosity is that it is partly a mirage: its light is highly magnified by an intervening galaxy that acts as a gravitational lens. Alternatively, APM 08279+5255 might be the most active known center of an intriguing class of colliding galaxies rich in gas and dust.

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