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  Quasar APM 08279 5255.jpg -  APM 08279+5255   Quasar   light travel distance: 12.2 Bly     image size: 90'x60'     visual magnitude 15.2  ST-8XME camera     FSQ-106EDX III scope @ 530mm  (f/5)     AP900 mount 2.7 hour total exposure     L 160 subs 10 binned 1     (3.50" per pixel unbinned)   Guiding with ST-402XME camera on 2.8" Pronto scope @ 475mm (f/6.8)   APM 08279+5255 is an active galaxy known as a quasar. It appears in this image as just a small dim star like object. It's measured redshift of 3.9122 places it at a current distance of 23.7 billion ly moving away from us at 163% of the speed of light. It was 4.8 billion ly away when the light in this image started its journey taking 12.2 billion years to reach us. Its distance and apparent brightness originally made astronomers believe it was the brightest quasar/galaxy so far found in the sky. However it's now believed that it has been artificially brightened through the gravitational lensing effects of an intervening galaxy. It's also believed that this object contains the largest reservoir of water ever detected with enough water to fill Earth's oceans more the 100 trillion times.    
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APM 08279+5255
Quasar

light travel distance: 12.2 Bly     image size: 90'x60'     visual magnitude 15.2

ST-8XME camera     FSQ-106EDX III scope @ 530mm (f/5)     AP900 mount
2.7 hour total exposure     L 160 subs 10 binned 1     (3.50" per pixel unbinned)
Guiding with ST-402XME camera on 2.8" Pronto scope @ 475mm (f/6.8)

APM 08279+5255 is an active galaxy known as a quasar. It appears in this image as just a small dim star like object. It's measured redshift of 3.9122 places it at a current distance of 23.7 billion ly moving away from us at 163% of the speed of light. It was 4.8 billion ly away when the light in this image started its journey taking 12.2 billion years to reach us. Its distance and apparent brightness originally made astronomers believe it was the brightest quasar/galaxy so far found in the sky. However it's now believed that it has been artificially brightened through the gravitational lensing effects of an intervening galaxy. It's also believed that this object contains the largest reservoir of water ever detected with enough water to fill Earth's oceans more the 100 trillion times.

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