Distant 'Quasar Tsunamis' Ripping Their Galaxies Apart

Distant 'Quasar Tsunamis' Ripping Their Galaxies Apart
ESO/M. Kornmesser

At the center of almost every galaxy in the universe is a supermassive black hole gobbling up incredible amounts of matter, and belching out incredible amounts of radiation. The biggest and hungriest of these gobblers — called quasars (or quasi-stellar objects, because they look deceptively like stars when seen through most telescopes) — are some of the most energetic objects in the universe. 

 

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