WEBB admires bejeweled ring of the lensed quasar RX J1131-1231

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WEBB admires bejeweled ring of the lensed quasar RX J1131-1231

Post by AVAO » Mon Jul 08, 2024 4:47 am

WEBB admires bejeweled ring of the lensed quasar RX J1131-1231
phys.org | 2024 July 5
This new picture of the month from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope features the gravitational lensing of the quasar known as RX J1131-1231, located roughly six billion light-years from Earth in the constellation Crater. It is considered one of the best lensed quasars discovered to date, as the foreground galaxy smears the image of the background quasar into a bright arc and creates four images of the object.
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Observations have indicated that the black hole in this particular quasar is spinning at over half the speed of light, which suggests that this black hole has grown via mergers, rather than pulling material in from different directions.
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Re: WEBB admires bejeweled ring of the lensed quasar RX J1131-1231

Post by AVAO » Mon Jul 08, 2024 9:08 pm

For comparison HST & Chandra:
Credit: NASA/ESA/CSA (HST/Chandra