Sun-eating quasar and Moon-making crash

Thursday, 29 February 2024 - 8:30am
Artist’s impression showing the record-breaking quasar J059-4351 (Image by ESO/M. Kornmesser)

This week, Catriona tells us about the brightest-known object in the universe, a quasar 12 billion light years away that’s in fact a supermassive black hole that gobbles an entire sun every day; and we replay Claire’s story about new evidence for another theorised cosmic event, the Moon’s formation through a collision of the early Earth with the Mars-sized protoplanet Theia.


Wolf et al. 2024. The accretion of a solar mass per day by a 17-billion solar mass black hole.

Qian Yuan et al. 2023. Moon-forming impactor as a source of Earth’s basal mantle anomalies.

Claire, Chris & Stu
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