Quasar Markarian 205 & galaxy NGC4319.

Quasar Markarian 205 & galaxy NGC4319.


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False-colour image of quasar Markarian 205 and a part of galaxy NGC 4319 (top) taken with the 2.2 m reflector at Mauna Kea Observatory. The quasar is only 1.5 arcmin away from the core of NGC 4319 and appears to be connected to it by a faint bridge. The two objects have very different redshifts, however, indicating that one is much further away than the other. Recent observations, such as this, show a non-circular quasar image, which is due to the presence of a companion galaxy. Its spectrum shows the same redshift as that of the quasar, so the redshifts must be cosmological. The bridge may be merely an artifact of the merged images. Publication ref: Sky & Telescope, March 1981, p 200.

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