When they were first detected in the 1960s, they were
called radio stars because they emit large amounts of
radiation, including radio waves; what did astronomers call them
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When Martin Schmidt and Allan R. Sandage discovered them in
1963, they called them radio stars. This was eventually
replaced by the word quasar, which is short for either
quasi-stellar radio objects or quasi-stellar radio
Nowadays astronomers are calling this
class of celestial objects QSOs, which is short for
Quasi-Stellar Objects, so that the term will include quasars
that don't emit radio waves.
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