Zooming in on the most distant quasar found so far

This sequence starts with a wide-field view of the prominent constellation of Leo (The Lion). As we zoom in many fainter stars become visible as well as a few of the many galaxies in this part of the sky. We gradually close in on the most distant quasar found so far. The final view, combining images taken in both visible and infrared light, shows the very faint quasar, which is powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun, as a faint red dot.


ESO/A. Fujii/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind)

About the Video

Release date:29 June 2011, 19:00
Related releases:eso1122
Duration:56 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:ULAS J1120+0641
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
Category:Quasars and Black Holes



Large QT
11.1 MB


Video Podcast
8.2 MB
Medium MPEG-1
19.8 MB
Medium Flash
9.4 MB


Small Flash
4.3 MB
Small QT
2.8 MB

For Broadcasters