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An Extreme, Distant Quasar in the Cosmic House of Mirrors

7 Sep 2021, 16:00 UTC
An Extreme, Distant Quasar in the Cosmic House of Mirrors
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Title: ALMA Observations of the Sub-kpc Structure of the Host Galaxy of a z = 6.5 Lensed Quasar: A Rotationally-Supported Hyper-Starburst System at the Epoch of Reionization
Authors: Minghao Yue et al.
First Author’s Institution: Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
Status: Published in ApJ

The party starts at dawn, and you all are invited! You’ll be surrounded by new, up-and-coming stars and a big fireworks show! There’s even a house of mirrors, where you can see a distorted, magnified version of yourself. Be careful of the action in the very center — it’s bright and shiny, but if you get too close, you could get ejected from the party entirely. Looking back, your view of the party might get a little warped, but it will surely be a bright point. Oh, and it’s hosted by a luminous quasar (z = 6.5) that is powered by a supermassive black hole — you can’t ...

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