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Gravitational Lensing Magnifies Light of Quasar from Extremely Distant Space and Time

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HILO, Hawaii, Jan. 11, 2019 — Observations from Gemini Observatory have identified a key fingerprint of an extremely distant quasar, allowing astronomers to sample light emitted from the beginning of time. Astronomers happened upon this deep glimpse into space and time thanks to a foreground galaxy acting as a gravitational lens, which magnified the quasar’s ancient light. The Gemini observations provide critical pieces of the puzzle in confirming this object as the brightest appearing quasar so early in the history of the universe. This is a Hubble Space Telescope image of a very distant quasar (at right)...Read full article

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