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(Submitted April 07, 2004)

Was the Milky Way a Quasar in the distant past?

The Answer

The answer is that we aren't really sure. Our Galaxy does have a supermassive black hole at the center, which is what astronomers believe powers the enormous emission in quasars. However, whether or not it was ever a quasar is still up for debate. It's entirely possible that it was, but we don't have any proof one way or the other.

We hope this helps!

Barbara and Stefan
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