Strange Objects in the Sky

Question 3. Below are three spectra. The first is the spectrum of a typical star. The second is the spectrum of a typical galaxy. The third is the spectrum of something else – an object like the ones you saw in Exercise 1. What are the differences between the first two spectra and the third? What are some of the different emission and absorption lines you see? Do they look like thermal radiation sources or non-thermal radiation sources?

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Spectrum #1
Spectrum #2
Spectrum #3