Hubble Space Telescope's Camera Has Shut Down Due to a Hardware Issue

The Hubble Space Telescope Has A Glitch- Again

The quasar, officially cataloged as J043947.08+163415.7, was formed during the "reionization", or a transitional period in the universe's evolution.

By chance, a galaxy in the foreground acted as a gravitational lens which magnified the ancient quasar.

Astronomers said it is by far the brightest quasar yet discovered in the early universe.

An artist's impression of the footage has also emerged of the natural phenomenon.

The quasar - a bright nucleus of energy at the center of galaxy formation - has the highest luminosity of any object recorded in the early universe.

These regions emit huge amounts of electro-magnetic radiation in their jets, and can be a trillion times brighter than the sun. That's over 150 times larger than the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Before the cosmos reached its billionth birthday, some of the very first cosmic light set off through the expanding universe. Only Hubble's sharp vision allowed it to resolve the system.

Dissecting a significant swath of the infrared part of the light's spectrum revealed the tell-tale signature of magnesium.

"This detection is a surprising and major discovery; for decades we thought that these lensed quasars in the early Universe should be very common, but this is the first of its kind that we have found", said Dr. Fabio Pacucci, a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University.


The camera that broke was Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3. The camera helps scientists study a range of objects, from distant galaxies to nearby star systems.

Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe, outshining even the hottest burning stars.

Xiaohui Fan said he did not expect to find many quasars brighter than this in the whole universe.

The brightness of the newly-discovered quasar, named J043947.08+163415.7 (J0439 for short), is equivalent to about 600 trillion Suns and the supermassive black hole powering it is several hundred million times as massive as our Sun. This matter - known as an accretion disk - is likely to be continuously spiraling inwards in order to feed the black hole powerhouse.

The data shows that the quasar may be producing up to 10,000 stars per year, scientists said.

Due to their brightness and distance, quasars provide a unique glimpse into the conditions in the early Universe.

The light from quasar J0439+1634, about 12.8 billion light-years away, bends as it passes by a galaxy roughly six billion light-years away.

The quasar is ripe for future scrutiny.

Astronomers also hope to use the Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array and Nasa/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, which wil be launched in 2021, to look at the supermassive black hole and measure the influence of its gravity on the surrounding gas and star formation.

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