Quasars discovered 50 years ago
March 16th, 2013
07:06 AM ET

Quasars discovered 50 years ago

Breathtaking blossoms nearly the size of our solar system are strewn across the universe - hundreds of thousands of them. Quasars are, at the same time, among the most fiery monsters.

Astronomer Maarten Schmidt was the first to discover one and revealed it to the world 50 years ago Saturday in an article in the journal Nature.

His discovery was a sensation in the 1960s and made its way into pop culture. It was the age of the first manned space flights.

"It reverberated," Schmidt recalls. "It drew a lot of attention."

In the popular TV series Star Trek, the original crew of the Starship Enterprise was tasked with inspecting the newly discovered phenomenon close up.

Electronics company Motorola branded a line of televisions 'Quasar.' A decade later Marvel Comics created a superhero with the same name.

Luckily, no quasar is anywhere close to Earth, said Schmidt, who made the discovery at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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    March 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Buck Rogers

    'Quasars', 'exploding stars', 'black holes' and giant volcanoes on Mars...... Boy, space sounds like a dangerous place to be, and 'science' says we all came from a Big Bong billiards of years ago and there are still 'quasars' floating around out there. Hmm, methinks 'science' is similar to Disney, they dream up something and then hire an artist to create an 'image', and then tell a story. Hey, this sounds like a job for NASA......


    March 18, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  3. Professor

    Quasars prove most non scientists are gay embiciles. Gay lesbian embiciles that play with dooooody.

    March 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Professor

      And we never actually went to the moon.

      March 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
  4. Astrophysicist

    What I love about quasars is they prove once and for all that man did not go to the moon.

    March 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
  5. Professor

    Quasars are breathtaking in their beauty. The hand of GOD at work.

    March 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
  6. Cal Newlan

    You've got to be kidding. Now we're expected to celebrate quasar discovery birthdays? We ought to concentrate on the birth, life and passion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! calnewlanministries.com

    March 16, 2013 at 7:48 am |


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