Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

B Spooky alignment of quasars

  1. Sep 12, 2016 #1


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 12, 2016 #2
    I think a sample 93 quasars of which 19 apparently have a common alignment is too small to draw a conclusion.
    Although certainly it would be worthwhile to investigate further whether the same pattern can be seen with a larger sample.
  4. Sep 12, 2016 #3


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    I'd have to agree with this.

    But at the same time, the concept isn't completely outrageous to me. I believe quasars usually have angular momenta that is in line with their host galaxy's rotation (as the jets from active galactic nuclei seem to be perpendicular to the plane of spiral galaxies). Naturally the angular momentum of the host galaxy will be based upon the angular momentum of the cloud of gas from which it formed, and it honestly makes sense to me that in filaments, the overall angular momentum would tend to be along the direction of the filament.

    So it seems completely plausible to me, but I'd also like to see more data.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted