Artist’s impression of mysterious alignment of quasar rotation axes

This artist's impression shows schematically the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures that they inhabit that observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed. These alignments are over billions of light-years and are the largest known in the Universe.

The large-scale structure is shown in blue and quasars are marked in white with the rotation axes of their black holes indicated with a line.

This picture is for illustration only and does not depict the real distribution of galaxies and quasars.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1438a
Type:Artwork
Release date:19 November 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1438
Size:3840 x 2400 px

About the Object

Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
Category:Illustrations

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