Object of the Season (Winter 2015)

Quasar 3C 273 in Virgo

Quasar 3C 273 in Virgo will be announced in DSO 170, and the results will be published in DSO 172.

This image from Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) is likely the best of ancient and brilliant quasar 3C 273, which resides in a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation of Virgo This image was supplied by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Quasar 3C 273

Position (2000)
12 29 06.7 +02 03 09 (Vir)
Visual magnitude
12.8 mag
749 Mpc
Other Designations
PGC 41121, PG 1226+023

Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director