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Naked Quasars Get Dressed

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Science  24 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5240, pp. 1303
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5240.1303


Early this year, astronomers trying to understand quasars—objects that shine with the brilliance of millions of stars from the far edges of the universe—got a shock. Theorists assumed that each of these beacons is powered by a giant black hole sucking in material from a surrounding galaxy. But when the Hubble Space Telescope provided the first clear look at quasars, the host galaxies seemed to be missing. Now a reanalysis of the same images suggests that the galaxies were there all along.