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The only evidence necessary for supporters of the big bang theory to prove that this theory was more acceptable than the steady-state theory was to show that the universe changed over time. Just such a change was found in 1963 when Dutch American astronomer Maarten Schmidt identified quasars while working at the Palomar Observatory in California.






As seen from Earth, quasars are bluish astronomical objects that resemble stars. Astronomers believe that quasars are the cores of certain types of galaxies. Quasars are all quite far from Earth, which means they must have originated during the early formation of the universe.


They are distant from Earth in both time and space. The lack of quasars near Earth (and therefore nearer in time to Earth) shows that the universe has been evolving. This finding dealt a serious blow to steady-state cosmology.
 

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