Quasar 3c273

For something a little different I took a picture last night of a Quasar.  A quasar (quasi-stellar-object) is a very active nucleas and supermassive black hole in very early galaxies.

This is about the fartherest ill get to see at 2.18 Giga-lightyears distance (redshift 0.158), dispite its distance, it is very bright.  You can see the Quasar in my pic as the brighter star in the center of the frame, with a small tail on it.

The tail is a jet of very energetic materail being ejected from the supermassive black hole.  It is very faint and normally only seen in photos like this. Click on the image for a larger version so to spot the tail.