Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
  • IAF always cautious and alert says Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa:-As tensions continue between India and Pakistan over the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa has said the Indian Air Force (IAF) is "always cautious and alert" to check any untoward aerial movement on the border....
  • Chandrayaan-2 placed in Lunar orbit, focus now on soft-landing:- India's Chandrayaan-2 mission, aimed at soft landing a rover in the unexplored south pole of the Moon, achieved a major milestone as the ISRO successfully injected the spacecraft into the lunar orbit on Tuesday. ...
  • Chandrayaan 2 successfully enters orbit around Moon:-In a major milestone for India's Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday. Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully at 0902 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said in a statement....
  • Pak Army chief Gen Bajwa gets three-year extension:-Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa's term has been extended for another three years by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the "regional security environment", an official announcement said on Monday....

Astronomers spot most distant quasar

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

An artistic illustration of the most distant quasar. A ESO photo

PARIS (BNS): A team of European astronomers has come across a quasar which is believed to be the most distant such object found so far.

The object – a brilliant beacon powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun – is by far the brightest object yet discovered in the early Universe.

Using ESO’s Very Larger Telescope and a host of other telescopes, the team has spotted the quasar, ULAS J1120+0641, which is seen when the Universe was only 770 million years old (redshift 7.1).

It took 12.9 billion years for the light from ULAS J1120+0641 to travel to telescopes on Earth. In those 12.9 billion years, the Universe expanded and the light from the object stretched as a result.

“It took us five years to find this object,” said Bram Venemans, one of the authors of the study led by physicist Stephen Warren.

“We were looking for a quasar with redshift higher than 6.5. Finding one that is this far away, at a redshift higher than 7, was an exciting surprise. By peering deep into the reionisation era, this quasar provides a unique opportunity to explore a 100-million-year window in the history of the cosmos that was previously out of reach,” Venemans said.

Quasars are very bright, distant galaxies that are believed to be powered by supermassive black holes at their centres. Their brilliance makes them powerful beacons that may help to probe the era when the first stars and galaxies were forming.

The newly discovered quasar is so far away that its light probes the last part of the reionisation era – the period when the Universe became more transparent to ultraviolet light.

“This quasar is a vital probe of the early Universe. It is a very rare object that will help us to understand how supermassive black holes grew a few hundred million years after the Big Bang,” said Stephen Warren, the study’s team leader.

The findings appear in the latest issue of the journal Nature.


Quasar  Universe  
Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth's orbit, moving towards moon

India's second moon mission 'Chandrayaan-2' left the earth's orbit early on Wednesday, 23 days after being launched, and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is expected to reach the moon's orbit on August 20 and land on lunar surface on September 7.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems


Brahmand World Defence Update 2019

Image Gallery