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Robin Leigh Anderson
Robin Leigh Anderson • 1 year ago

A Primordial Quasar - The nearest quasars are now known to be supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. Gas and dust that falls toward a quasar glows brightly, sometimes outglowing the entire home galaxy. The quasars that formed in the first billion years of the universe are more mysterious, though, with even the nature of the surrounding gas still unknown.

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Our home in space is a vast galaxy containing 400 billion suns, at least that many planets, and a 4-billion-solar-mass black hole at the center.

The Orion Nebula from CFHT. Buried in the complex nebulosity are the bright stars of the Trapezium in Orion's heart, the sweeping lanes of dark dust that cross the center, the pervasive red glowing hydrogen gas, and the blue tinted dust that reflects the light of newborn stars

This is probably the most amazing photo you will see of the Orion nebula's center, a cloud of gas and dust known as M42. The work was created by Adam Block at the Mount Lemon Sky Center observatory in Arizona.

Cradled in cosmic dust and glowing hydrogen, stellar nurseries in Orion the Hunter lie at the edge of a giant molecular cloud some 1,500 light-years away | Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretch 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a light quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous Galactic Nulcei powered by supermassive central black holes!

A spectacular Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the heart of the Lagoon Nebula. Seen as a massive cloud of glowing dust and gas, bombarded by the energetic radiation of new stars, this placid name hides a dramatic reality. The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a dramatic view of gas and dust sculpted by intense radiation from hot young stars deep in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8).

Nearby Dust Clouds in the Milky Way - These opaque, dark knots of gas and dust are called Bok globules, and they are absorbing light in the center of the nearby emission nebula and star-forming region, NGC 281. Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared

Two-sided outflow powered by the supermassive black hole buried inside shown in bright yellow. Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss - wow

DEN13-1006 Quartz var. Amethyst Sold Goboboseb Mts., Erongo District, Namibia ex. Marshall Sussman Cabinet, 14.3 x 7.0 x 5.8 cm Most Gogobos amethysts look more or less the same. Every now and then, one LEAPS out at you. This is a spectacular example that is just so much more 3-dimensional, colorful, mesmerizing, and complex in person that even its colorful photo does not do it justice. It "glows" with internal, saturated colors and phantoms. Ex Sussman Collection, Joe Budd Photos.