The Quasar Enigma

How The Universe Works

The Quasar Enigma, a part of the documentary series entitled How The Universe Works, seeks to define and understand what we currently know about quasars.

Quasars are the brightest and most powerful objects currently witnessed in our known universe. Although they’ve helped shaped the cosmos, their destructive ways might also become one of the things to annihilate it.

A quasar is an extremely luminous Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). It has been theorized that most large galaxies contain a supermassive central black hole with mass ranging from millions to billions of times the mass of our Sun.

In quasars and other types of AGN, the black hole is surrounded by a gaseous accretion disk. As gas falls toward the black hole, energy is released in the form of electromagnetic radiation, which can be observed across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The power radiated by quasars is enormous: the most powerful quasars have luminosities thousands of times greater than a galaxy such as the Milky Way.

The Quasar Enigma
  • Info
  • Release date2018
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Helen Williamson
  • Part of the seriesHow The Universe Works
  • Production companyPioneer Productions