What Is A Quasar?

Dear Sara,

What exactly is a quasar?

Thanks, George T.

Dear George,

The term “quasar” is shortened astronomer-speak for a quasi-stellar radio source. This, in turn, refers to a very lively but very distant-from-Earth active galactic nucleus. Quasars are sources of electromagnetic energy, including radio waves and visible light, that are often found in the centers of active young galaxies. In turn, quasars surround black holes.

-Sara Bellum

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The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.