THE UNIVERSE Jun 8, 2011 15:30:27 GMT -6
Post by satansrini on Jun 8, 2011 15:30:27 GMT -6
Hubble telescope zeroes in on green blob in space
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By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer – Mon Jan 10, 6:21 pm ET
WASHINGTON – The Hubble Space Telescope got its first peek at a mysterious giant green blob in outer space and found that it's strangely alive.
The bizarre glowing blob is giving birth to new stars, some only a couple million years old, in remote areas of the universe where stars don't normally form.
The blob of gas was first discovered by a Dutch school teacher in 2007 and is named Hanny's Voorwerp (HAN'-nee's-FOR'-vehrp). Voorwerp is Dutch for object.
NASA released the new Hubble photo Monday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.
Parts of the green blob are collapsing and the resulting pressure from that is creating the stars. The stellar nurseries are outside of a normal galaxy, which is usually where stars live.
That makes these "very lonely newborn stars" that are "in the middle of nowhere," said Bill Keel, the University of Alabama astronomer who examined the blob.
The blob is the size of our own Milky Way galaxy and it is 650 million light years away. Each light year is about 6 trillion miles.
The blob is mostly hydrogen gas swirling from a close encounter of two galaxies and it glows because it is illuminated by a quasar in one of the galaxies. A quasar is a bright object full of energy powered by a black hole.
The blob was discovered by elementary school teacher Hanny van Arkel, who was 24 at the time, as part of a worldwide Galaxy Zoo project where everyday people can look at archived star photographs to catalog new objects.
Van Arkel said when she first saw the odd object in 2007 it appeared blue and smaller. The Hubble photo provides a clear picture and better explanation for what is happening around the blob.
"It actually looked like a blue smudge," van Arkel told The Associated Press. "Now it looks like dancing frog in the sky because it's green." She says she can even see what passes for arms and eyes.
Since van Arkel's discovery, astronomers have looked for similar gas blobs and found 18 of them. But all of them are about half the size of Hanny's Voorwerp, Keel said.
As I was reading this, I got this thought. As stupid and naive as it may be. Humour me.
The blob is spawning stars. It might be the origin of another universe in the making. The Big Bang Theory suggests that there was once infinitely dense object which exploded to create things as they are. What if, it was not the case and these green blobs actually create stars and matter as they collapse and the happen from time to time and different parts of the limitless space until they totally collapse and die out to have trillions of stars. What is now as big as the Milky Way in the process of expansion by means of spawning more and more bodies be as vast as to contain a billion galaxies... We are probably looking at another genesis for all we know. But we wouldn't last that long to know for sure.
About the frog in the sky. Find some native people of some place who are still uneducated like those say a few 100 years ago. Show them the frog, tell them that is how we all came into being. A 1000 years later frog becomes their most sacred god. A frog head with 2 legs, 2 hands and a torso. All frogs become Gods.
I think that is how we invented God wherever we come from. Probably even God does not know he exists.. he he..