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Astronomy Picture of the Day: 02/17/14 - Double Quasar

This brand new picture from Hubble is as interesting as it is beautiful. This double quasar was first discovered back in 1979 and they share some incredible properties. The objects are very close to each other, they are both the same distance away from us (about 14-billion light-years away), they are extremely similar to each other. This raised some red flags because, when I say they are similar, I mean they are basically identical twins. It turns out, these two quasars aren’t identical twins, but they are actually the same quasar. Obviously, the question is raised “if it’s the same quasar, why do we see it twice?”

Obviously, we broke physics… or, maybe there is another explanation. Find out here: SURL%

Image Credit: NASA/Hubble

Astronomy Picture of the Day: 02/17/14 - Double Quasar

This brand new picture from Hubble is as interesting as it is beautiful. This double quasar was first discovered back in 1979 and they share some incredible properties. The objects are very close to each other, they are both the same distance away from us (about 14-billion light-years away), they are extremely similar to each other. This raised some red flags because, when I say they are similar, I mean they are basically identical twins. It turns out, these two quasars aren’t identical twins, but they are actually the same quasar. Obviously, the question is raised “if it’s the same quasar, why do we see it twice?”

Obviously, we broke physics… or, maybe there is another explanation. Find out here: SURL%

Image Credit: NASA/Hubble

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