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The discovery of quasars

  title={The discovery of quasars},
  author={K. Kellermann},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • K. Kellermann
  • Published 2013
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
Although the extragalactic nature of quasars was discussed as early as 1960, it was rejected largely because of preconceived ideas about what appeared to be an un- realistically high radio and optical luminosity. Following the 1962 occultations of the strong radio source 3C 273 at Parkes, and the subsequent identification with an ap- parent stellar object, Maarten Schmidt recognized that the relatively simple hydrogen line Balmer series spectrum implied a redshift of 0.16. Successive radio and… Expand
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