A mysterious, bizarre green blob is being studied by scientists with the help of the Hubble Telescope, and the blogosphere is going gaga over it.
The NASA web page updated today, January 11, 2011, shows the best picture so far taken of the “Green Blob.”
See the photo gallery.
The photo was released to the public yesterday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle by NASA.
The blob is officially named Hanny’s Voorwerp. It was named by the 24-year old schoolteacher who discovered it during the Galaxy Zoo project where volunteers compare and examine pictures to look for objects in space we have not seen before.
Rachel Courtland of NewScientist reports: A strange green blob in the nearby universe may be a ‘light echo’ from a long-dead quasar – an extremely bright object powered by a colossal black hole. Future studies of the blob could give astronomers insight into the quasar’s dying days.
Weekly World News turns this discovery into a science fiction story: Parts of the green blob are collapsing and the resulting pressure from that is creating stars, asteroids and alien creatures. Other parts of the Blob are forming into missile-like projectiles. “This blob can be one hundred times more devastating to Earth, than any asteroid,” said James V. Bellanca III, the chief blob expert at NASA. “If it hits Earth, the entire planet will be destroyed within 15 seconds.”
Xcathdra of Beyond Top Secret comments: Weird yet cool… Maybe we just caught God / Programmers of the Universe using the cheat engine to add more stars. Its in a section where stars dont normally exist….
Scientists have determined that the green color is due to glowing oxygen.
It is being illuminated by a quasar in the galaxy IC 2947. The quasar was powered by a black hole that has disappeared.
NASA scientists say the quasar turned off an estimated 200,000 years ago
The orange part of the photo taken by the Hubble telescope has an orange-colored section that scientists say is a birthplace where stars are being formed.
Further study of Hanny’s Voorwerp will increase scientists’’ knowledge and understanding of how the universe is growing.