|Frankfurt Quasar Monitoring|
|Cross-Identifications|| FBS 1634+706, IRAS 16347+7037, 1634+706
2E 1634.9+7037, RX J1634.4+7031, FBS 0908
1RXS J163429.2+703133, QSO B1634+7037
QSO J1634+7031, 2XMM J163428.9+703132
|Equat. coordinates||RA 16 34 29.0 DE +70 31 33 (J2000)|
|Redshift (1)||z=1.337 (1) / z=1.334 (2)|
| Distance (2) (3)
|Total mag range (mv) (4)||14.2 - 14.7|
|Catalog Magnitude (1)||15.27p|
|Absolute Magnitude (1)||-29.7 MB|
|Light Travel-Time (2)||8.633 × 109 yrs|
is a bright quasar in Draco, about 5.7° NW of Zeta Draconis and close
to the constellation Ursa Minor. PG
1634+706 has a redshift of z=1.337, which means a light travel-time of
years! This is more than half way through the observable universe!
So PG 1634+706 is one of the most luminous objects in the sky.
As such, it was classified as a hyper luminous infrared galaxy
The designation PG 1634+706
refers to the Palomar-Green Bright Quasar Survey (PG), where this object
was discovered as
a blue stellar object between
1976 und 1982. The new point source was immediately identified as a
quasar by spectroscopy.
As a blue stellar object, it was also cataloged by the First Byurakan
Spectral Sky Survey (FBS).|
PG 1634+706 is a low amplitude variable object with a total range of only a few tenths of a magnitude. Visual observers need at least an 8- to 10-inch telescope to glimpse this stellar object. Even with large instruments, the quasar remains stellar. CCD observers, as well as visual observers, may use the comparison stars given above. No photometric sequence has been published to date. V-mag comparison stars A=14.23 and C=15.21 were calibrated from USNO A2.0 catalog, as part of the Frankfurt Quasar Monitoring project.
PG 1634+706 is located between Zeta (22) Draconis and the square of Ursa Minor, some 1.8° NNW of star 15 Draconis. An optical double of two 8-mag stars, only about 8´NW of the quasar (see charts above), is well suited to identify the correct position of PG 1634+706.
Nearly 1° W of quasar PG 1634+706 we find a trio of moderately bright galaxies:
Far beyond our Milky Way, in this case about 1.5×109 light-years, quasar MRK 876 is waiting for observers. This bright 15-mag object is located 5° SSE of PG 1634+706.
Another bright and variable quasi-stellar object is 3C 371, a bright 14-mag BL Lac object, some 8° E, at a distance of about 0.6×109 light-years.
Only 5´ SE of NGC 6503 (see above), and 6.3° E of PG 1634+706, another variable BL Lac object shall not be missed: S4 1749+70, which is located at a distance of more than 6×109 light-years. That´s quite a lot, so you may like to take a look !
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