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Quasar observed in 6 separate light reflections

Peer-Reviewed Publication

University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute

Quasar 'Lensed' in 6 Separate Images

image: Due to the special gravitational lens effect where light is bent as it passes heavy objects, such as galaxy clusters, a group of physics students at the Niels Bohr Institute observed a quasar whose light was reproduced six times. This has never been seen before. view more 

Credit: Håkon Dahle, Nordic Optical Telescope

Quasars are active black holes -- primarily from the early universe. Using a special method where you observe light that has been bent by gravity on its way through the universe, a group of physics students from the Niels Bohr Institute have observed a quasar whose light has been deflected and reflected in six separate images. This is the first time a quasar has been observed with so many light reflections. The results are published in the scientific journal, Astrophysical Journal.


Article in Astrophysical Journal:

For more information contact:

Johan Fynbo
Professor, Dark Cosmology Centre
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
+45 3532-5983, +45 2875-5983

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