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 Post subject: Quasar APM0270+5255
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:40 am 
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The attached image is a Sky 90/M25C wide field capture of the gravitationally lensed Quasar APM0279+5255 in the constellation Lynx.
This is around 4 hours of total exposure time using 10-minute subs.
The region containing the Quasar is boxed in yellow and is shown magnified in the lower image.
This Quasar is over 12-billion light years away and the supermassive black-hole associated with this Quasar is estimated at 20 billion Solar masses.
In 2011 vast amounts of water vapour were discovered around the Quasar - the oldest and largest mass of water in the known Universe - 140 trillion times more water than in all the Earth's oceans combined.
All in all this is a very remarkable object.

Actually - because it is so red and so bright it was mistaken for a Carbon star in our own galaxy - until a redshift of 3.78 was measured!!

That should also read APM0279+5255

Nexstar 11 GPS, 2 x Sky 90, M25C, MaximDL, Photshop CS3, Noel Carboni's Photoshop actions, 7 foot Pulsar fibreglass dome, Canon 40D, 100mm macro lens, 28-200mm zoom lens, 17-55mm f#2.8 zoom lens, 100-400mm zoom lens, 1.4x converter, 2x converter.

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