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Can a Person Observe a Quasar as it Appeared Later in its Life?

28 Feb 2017, 14:39 UTC
Can a Person Observe a Quasar as it Appeared Later in its Life?
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Question: I am a high school student and very interested in astronomy I’m only a freshman but have had several theory’s one was about quasars but today is if a quasar has sent light that is seen today the light is from the past showing the quasar from billions of years ago is it possible to intercept the light to see the quasar later in its life. If there is a quasar in the middle of the universe ( this is just a way for u to visualize what I am saying) and then earth and we are seeing the quasar through the telescope what if we jumped half way between earth and the quasar would we be able to see the quasar more later in its life so by doing this also determine the age of it by getting closer and closer to the quasar until it’s last dying light. Just to remind u I’m a freshman in high school i don’t know if this makes sense I’m just trying to figure stuff out. Please help me if you can. — Jensen
Answer: As you surmised, it is the “universal speed limit” imposed by the speed of light which ...

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