3C 273 is a quasar in the constellation of Virgo. It was the first quasar to be identified and the brightest optically seen from Earth.
Quasars are the powerful centres of distant, active galaxies, powered by a huge disc of particles surrounding a super massive black hole.
3C 273 is at a distance of 2.5 Billion Light Years and if it was located 30 light years from Earth it would still appear as bright as the sun in the sky.
In an uninspiring field of faint field stars, this is an exciting object of incredible interest where the light left the quasar around the time only single cell life existed on Earth.
F.O.V. 40 x 40 min of arc.
Telescope. Orion Optics UK AG12.
Telescope. S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.
Exposure and Date. 25 x 180 sec. May 2022.
Location. (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.