3C 273: Closest Quasar to Earth (Fact of the Day)

3C 273
3C 273 is a quasar located in the constellation of Virgo. As of now, it is the closest quasar known to us even though it is about 2.44 billion light years away from Earth. It is also one of the most luminous quasars known with an absolute magnitude of -26.7. This means that if the quasar was about 30 light years away from us then it would have had the same brightness as our Sun. It also has large scale visible jet which is approximately 200,000 light years long. It is also visible in the picture above below the quasar in the right side.

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