Sequence Explained by Ratio

September 11, 2014 1:26 PM

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Quasars are supermassive black holes located at the center of distant, massive galaxies. Now, scientists have solved a particular quasar mystery that has puzzled astronomers for over 20 years. They've found out how the most observed quasar phenomena can be unified with two simple quantities: one that describes how efficiently the hole is being fed, and the other that reflects the viewing orientation of the astronomer.

Quasars are some of the most luminous beacons in the sky, emitting light across the entire electromagnetic spectrum by accreting matter into their gravitationally inescapable centers. These comic features display a wide range of outward appearances when viewed by astronomers, though, and reflect the...

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