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April 20, 2015

Q is for Quasar Explosion


My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.

Today’s disaster is...
QUASAR EXPLOSION

I've got a space disaster for you today!

Quasars are compact regions of luminous electromagnetic energy, including radio waves and visible light located in the centre of distant, young galaxies surrounding supermassive black holes. (Can you say that three times fast?) 


In short terms, they are bright galaxy cores with a black hole in the middle. Their luminosity, which is created by material being sucked into the black hole, can be 100x greater than the Milky Way which has 200 – 400 billion stars.

FACT: In 2012, a quasar known as ‘SDSS J1106+1939’ emitted the greatest high energy explosion ever observed. This blast was some 2 trillion times more energetic than the sun!

Galaxies only act as quasars during the early stages of their lives, which could last for billions of years. When a quasar dies, only the black hole remains.


Although there is a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, it is considered a middle-aged galaxy and the time for a quasar to occur is probably long gone.

QUESTION: Who here is fascinated by space science? *raises hand*



P: Plague
Q: Quasar Explosion



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98 comments:

nashvillecats2 said...

You have certainly done your homework Chrys. Excellent post and wonderful to read.
Yvonne.

Unknown said...

I was wondering what you were going to do for Q!--well done.

Nick Wilford said...

So all the stars and any planets get destroyed when the quasar explodes? Woah.

Jennifer Hawes said...

I am fascinated by science (especially space;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a lot of quasars...
Since they are early formations of galaxies, does that mean there is a black hole at the center of ours?

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

*Raises hand too* :) I love space science. I worked for British Aerospace Space Systems as an apprentice before and while I was at Uni - it was interesting, but far less cool than I had hoped ;).
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

betty said...

I think it is interesting with space science; a lot of it I don't understand, but it is interesting what is out there :)

betty

Pat Hatt said...

I wonder what is on the other side of a black hole. Maybe more quasars? lol

Tamara Narayan said...

Interesting video. I'm glad these things are so very far away from earth. It makes me curious as to how the scientists are finding them.

Jay Noel said...

The thing about space is that all that power and size is just incomprehensible. 2 trillion times more powerful than our own sun? I can't even conceive that.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Yvonne!

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Melanie!

Chrys Fey said...

Intense, huh?

Chrys Fey said...

So am I. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I have no idea...that's something to look into.

Chrys Fey said...

Working there does sound interesting. I wonder what you did...?

Chrys Fey said...

There so so much out there and that's what makes space science so fascinating. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Quite possibly.

Chrys Fey said...

They have very big telescopes. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I can't either. Isn't it marvelous?

Hart Johnson said...

Okay, this would be the SUCKIEST disaster to experience. End of all life, permanent vacuum... Nice finding though, on a Q disaster...

Stephanie Bird said...

Awesome, beautiful and absolutely frightening all at once. Good material for speculative fiction writers. Hopefully it stays in their hands.

Chrys Fey said...

It would be the suckiest disaster. Hopefully we don't have a black hole at the center of our young galaxy. Alex mentioned that and now I'm worried.

Chrys Fey said...

Those are the three most perfect words to describe this disaster, Stephanie. It would be neat to inspire speculative fiction writers with this post. :)

Anonymous said...

That is cool. Space is fascinating.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I do love space sciences. Will watch any show that comes on. I was actually a member of an astronomical society for awhile, but unfortunately, I had no more time for it. :(
Quasar Scince? Yes.
Quantum Science? No.
Some things my brain won't retain. Wow, that rhymed that time.

Sarah Foster said...

Very interesting! I know absolutely nothing about space science. I should probably learn more.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I used to handle the communications and publicity for a planetarium and science centre. I definitely qualify!

Any idea what causes them to explode?

Chrys Fey said...

It sure is. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! My brain can't wrap itself around quantum science either.

Yay for rhyming! I love it when that happens. :P

Chrys Fey said...

I've always found it fascinating. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That sounds neat!

No idea. Perhaps they suck in so much particles and energy that they explode from over-consumption? I'm guessing...

David Powers King said...

You don't want to be near one of those explosions, that's for sure. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's amazing how much we know about these things when they happen so far away from us.

Cherdo said...

I'm still worried about the mudslides...and I live in a huge field.

Birgit said...

I love watching Star Trek and all of that stuff but that is where it lies. Oh well-I never realized until recently that i was not a space geek...I am a geek in many other areas or a freak, can take your pick..but not this:)

sage said...

Good one! To paraphrase Jimmy Buffett, "I don't know where I'm gonna go when the Quasar blows..."

cleemckenzie said...

Those Quasars can cause a universe of trouble by creating Black Holes. Gives me the shakes just thinking about it.

Carrie-Anne said...

I've long been fascinated by space, particularly the ultimate fate of the Universe. I'm filled with cold horror and sadness when I think about what might happen to Planet Earth when the Sun becomes a Red Giant, and also wonder what the night sky might look like if Earth survives and still holds human life when the Sun has turned into a little White Dwarf.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Hand raised. Interesting. I taught fifth grade science and we discussed the universe a little, but didn't study black holes. They are fascinating.

Sherry Ellis said...

Quasars are cool. I am most definitely interested in space science. My hand is raised!

Chrys Fey said...

That's for certain. :P

Chrys Fey said...

It is amazing. We have awesome technology and great minds that study this.

Chrys Fey said...

I'd be worried about that too.

Chrys Fey said...

Being a geek in other ways is great, though. :D

Chrys Fey said...

I feel silly asking who Jimmy Buffett is. The name isn't ringing any bells.

Chrys Fey said...

They sure can.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope the Sun doesn't become a Red Giant for a very long time and that Earth will continue go on for generations.

Chrys Fey said...

Black holes are fascinating. I've been interested in them since watching Contact. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Yay! I'm so happy to find out so many of my blogger buddies like space science. :D

Sophie Duncan said...

Space science just boggles my mind, the distances and powers involved are phenominal, and quasars and black holes, they are stunning and awe inspiring things. :)
Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
FB3X
Wittegen Press

Liz A. said...

At one time I wanted to be an astronomer.

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Great use of Q with your theme. I had heard of the term Quasar before but never knew what it meant. Now I have learned something which is always a good thing. I loved how you explained it in simple terms too as that is how I finally understood it.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

CA Heaven said...

I think space science is cool at the popular-science level. When I was a student, I took a couple of courses in astrophysics. It was a little bit disappointing and boring, so I rather specialized in quantum physics, which i more fun, I think >:)

Cold As Heaven

Chrys Fey said...

It is mind-boggling and spectacular. I think that's why I like space science so much. :)

Chrys Fey said...

So did I! :D

Chrys Fey said...

It took me a while to understand it so I could explain it in simple terms. ;P

Chrys Fey said...

I wish my school offered astronomy and astrophysics. I would've enrolled in both! You understand quantum physics? Wow! I can't wrap my mind around that.

Lisa said...

Wow. This is truly mind boggling. I really can't imagine something this big, old, powerful and far away. Space is amazing and yes, I am fascinated by space science... just glad I don't live outside this planet! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

Chrys Fey said...

I think we can all be glad about that. ;)

Jeff Chapman said...

Thanks for the science lesson. Very interesting.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Oh no, not a dreaded SPACE DISASTER! Though I must say, of all the disasters you've chosen, I probably find this one the least terrifying (though still adequately concerning).

Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

J E Oneil said...

Ooh, this might be the coolest disaster that you've done. I'm definitely going to raise my hand.

Cortney Pearson said...

Wow that is just plain beautiful!

Lisa Thomson said...

This is mind boggling! I always get overwhelmed when I think of space science but it's so fascinating. Loved the little video! Quasar---that's a new word for me. Thanks, Chrys!

Unknown said...

Interesting, thanks for the info Chrys

Stephanie Faris said...

Very creative choice for Q, which is always a tough one!

Stephen Tremp said...

Now you're talking! Who doesn;t love a good quasar? I know I do.

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, Jeff! :)

Chrys Fey said...

The least terrifying because it's unlikely to happen...but adequately concerning because who knows, right? ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Yay for a cool disaster! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Isn't it? :)

Chrys Fey said...

Glad you liked the video, Lisa. Quasar was a new Q word for me too. :)

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, Keren.

Chrys Fey said...

It was a toughy. I was glad when I ran across this one in my research.

Chrys Fey said...

I am thrilled to make my leader happy with my Q post. ;)

Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff. I remember reading about this in astronomy. I loved that science class.

Tammy Theriault said...

Never heard of it. Wow! Looks awesome though

Blogoratti said...

Very nice and cool stuff, thanks for that!

Salvwi Prasad said...

Wow, learnt about a new phenomena here. Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Anything that involves astronomy makes my head hurt. I cannot wrap my head around the sheer size.
With matter in the billions and an explosion force 2 TRILLION times greater than the sun is simply beyond my comprehension!!

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome!

Chrys Fey said...

Doesn't it look spectacular?

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's what I was hoping this post would do. :) You're welcome!

Chrys Fey said...

That is hard to comprehend but amazing to think about. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys .. I loved writing my Solar Eclipse post at the end of March - I put so much stuff in it .. but loved it all and the learning from it .. Quasars are extraordinary .. and the Sky is one big questionmark up there .. cheers Hilary

Chrys Fey said...

Learning about space is so fun fun for me. It doesn't feel like research. :)

Shell Flower said...

Quasars really are fascinating. Wouldn't want to be near one exploding.

Chrys Fey said...

Neither would I.

Rachel Pattinson said...

This is great! I'm totally going to try and work a quasar explosion into my next book ;). I absolutely love finding out about space - it's one of my favourite subjects :)

Chrys Fey said...

That is awesome! I'm thrilled to inspire you with this post. :)

diedre Knight said...

Wow! And, yikes...:-) Terrific post, Chrys!

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I love anything to do with space. Always been a huge interest for me for as long as I can remember.

--
Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
2015 A to Z of Vampires
http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Diedre! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Same here. :D

Unknown said...

I have never heard of these before. Truly interesting ! :) Thanks for sharing.

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome! :)