Years ago a buddy of mine introduced me to his grandmother. She couldn’t get my name right and kept calling “Quasar.” I would correct her but she would say “Right, Quasar; isn’t that something in outer space?” We used to get a kick out of it until I looked up the word and found out that it is something in outer space.
“Quasars are extremely distant objects in our known universe. They are the furthest objects away from our galaxy that can be seen. Quasars are extremely bright masses of energy and light. Quasars are the brightest objects in our universe, although to see one through a telescope they do not look that bright at all. This is because quasars are so far away. They emit radio waves, x-rays and light waves. A quasar is believed to be a supermassive black hole surrounded by an accretion disk. When we look at quasars which are 10-15 billion light years away, we are looking 10-15 billion years into the past. Pretty amazing, right?”
excerpt from kidsastronomy.com
The thought of Quasars came to mind as I participated in Ife Opportunity’s “My Universe class” Saturday, June 20, 2015. It was followed by a genuine Star Party hosted by the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society. The class was held at Pinnacle Mountain’s Visitor Center. Open to all ages and families the class invited us to take a good long moment to look up into the night sky and see. For more inspired and inclusive community happenings go to Ife Opportunity’s website.