A team of astronomers observed six mild-mannered LINER galaxies suddenly and surprisingly transforming into ravenous quasars -- home to the brightest of all active galactic nuclei. The team's observations could help demystify the nature of both LINERs and quasars while answering some burning questions about galactic evolution. Based on their analysis, the researchers suggest they have discovered an entirely new type of black hole activity at the centers of these six LINER galaxies.
- Astrophysical Journal
- National Science Foundation, NASA, Lowell Observatory, John and Ginger Giovale, W. M. Keck Foundation, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), National Research Council of Canada, CONICYT (Chile)