blazar

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Coined by 1978 by astronomer Edward Spiegel from BL Lac object and quasar. Coincidentally, they also blaze brightly as some of the most energetic phenomena in the universe.

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blazar ‎(plural blazars)

  1. (astronomy) A very compact quasar, associated with a supermassive black hole at the center of an active galaxy.
  2. (astronomy) An object which is either an optically violent variable quasar or a BL Lac object or which has properties of both.

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