Plasma-spewing quasar shines light on universe’s youth, early galaxy formation

(Carnegie Institution for Science) A team led by Carnegie's Eduardo Bañados found a quasar with the brightest radio emission ever observed in the early universe, due to it spewing out a jet of extremely fast-moving material. The initial discovery was followed up by Emmanuel Momjian of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which revealed in unprecedented detail the jet shooting out of a quasar that formed within the universe's first billion years of existence.