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This article briefly describes the discovery of quasars, what they are, and how to find the famous quasar 3C 273 in the night sky with a good backyard telescope. The page includes an optical image of the quasar and a link to a finder map for amateur astronomers to reference.
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- Galaxies
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- Instrumentation
= Telescopes
- Informal Education
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image credit: Wikimedia Commons; image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from February 1, 2011 until March 12, 2011. View the feature here!

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Restriction: © 2006 Emil Neata
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Keywords: astronomy, quasars
Record Creator: Metadata instance created February 8, 2011 by Raina Khatri
Record Updated: Feb 08, 2011 by Ed Lee
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January 27, 2008
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