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G-R-E-E-N B-L-O-B spotted in space.........making baby stars

 
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G-R-E-E-N B-L-O-B spotted in space.........making baby stars
This certainly doesn't sound good-Steve McQueen didn't fare so well.....remember The Blob [link to en.wikipedia.org]

Seriously, though-this is amazing-I am curious as to what kind of live-organic energy this might actually be. Guess we'll wait & see, huh?

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Hubble telescope zeroes in on green blob in space


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.

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So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

Monty Python - Galaxy Song
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The closest pick of the green blob yet:

[link to www.gothicalchemist.com]
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just look at it afro
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The closest pick of the green blob yet:

[link to www.gothicalchemist.com]
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tounge
iStarbug

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

Monty Python - Galaxy Song
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The closest pick of the green blob yet:

[link to www.gothicalchemist.com]
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ahhh
Here is where I look back.
Here is where you fell.
This is where I got up,
Shaking off my tail
This is where your rope trick
Started to look stale.
A greyhound pass for the boy in the well.

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Re: G-R-E-E-N B-L-O-B spotted in space.........making baby stars
Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob (Gas)


[link to news.sciencemag.org]

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