The Double Quasar 0957+561: A Radio Study at 6-Centimeters Wavelength

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Science  31 Aug 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4409, pp. 894-896
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4409.894


The optical double quasar 0957+561 has been interpreted as the gravitational double image of a single object. A radio map made with the Very Large Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory shows unresolved sources coincident With the optical images as well as a complex of related extended emission. Although the results cannot rule out the gravitational lens hypothesis, the complex radio structure is more easily interpreted as two separate quasars. The optical and radio properties of the two quasars are so similar that the two must have been formed at the same time with similar initial conditions.