ESOcast 32: Most Distant Quasar Found

This ESOcast is about the discovery of the most distant quasar found to date. This brilliant beacon is powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun. It is by far the brightest object yet discovered in the early Universe.

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Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Lars Holm Nielsen and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Sarah Roberts and Richard Hook.
Narration: Dr. J.
Music: Movetwo and John Dyson (from the album Darklight).
Footage and photos: ESO, A. M. Swinbank and S. Zieleniewski, Stéphane Guisard and José Francisco Salgado.
Directed by: Herbert Zodet and Richard Hook.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.



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About the Video

Release date:29 June 2011, 19:00
Related releases:eso1122
Related announcements:ann11041
Duration:04m 50s

About the Object

Type:• X - Quasars & Black Holes
• X - ESOcast



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