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Astronomers Release Photo of 'Strangely Alive' Green Gas Blob


Yesterday afternoon, Hubble astronomers released a new photo of a blob of gas was discovered by a Dutch school teacher in 2007 named Hanny's Voorwerp. They said it is "strangely alive" and giving birth to new stars in an area of space where stars don't usually form.

The AP:

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.

Draw your own conclusions.

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  1. Conclusion 1: The universe is more than 4,000 years old.

    Posted by: David Campbell | Jan 11, 2011 1:42:45 PM

  2. Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer (and advocate for equal rights!) has a great explanation of this on his site:

    Posted by: JT | Jan 11, 2011 1:44:20 PM

  3. Two words: Noodly Appendage.

    Posted by: Spudger | Jan 11, 2011 1:48:42 PM

  4. Blob of "strangely alive" green gas? Should it be named after Rush Limbaugh, Glen Back or Bill O'Rielly?

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Jan 11, 2011 1:56:31 PM

  5. I still like my blue dot.

    Posted by: barney | Jan 11, 2011 2:09:53 PM

  6. So this is 650 million x 6 trillion miles away? And Hubble got a pic of it?

    Posted by: secretagentman | Jan 11, 2011 2:53:12 PM

  7. Azathoth, the Nuclear Chaos.

    Posted by: latebrosus | Jan 11, 2011 3:03:54 PM

  8. Just confirms that God is a strange green gas...

    Posted by: Dan | Jan 11, 2011 3:39:20 PM

  9. An extremely large and powerful fart.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 11, 2011 4:01:20 PM

  10. It ain't easy being green.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 11, 2011 4:07:38 PM

  11. One time I took some mild hallucinogens and realized that everything in the universe is a living cell that functions as a part of a larger living organism in a chain of exponential meta-expansion that extends right on up through the multiverse.

    It didn't seem as mind-blowing the next day, but sometimes articles like this make me think twice about it...

    Posted by: Nathan | Jan 11, 2011 4:56:29 PM

  12. @secretagentman
    If you want to see some Hubble awesomeness, watch this:

    The Hubble Ultra Deep Field contains galaxies literally at the edge of the universe, billions of lightyears away.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 11, 2011 6:42:28 PM

  13. This is certainly the beginning of the end of stellar society as we know it. Throughout history ALL baby stars have been born as part of a traditional galaxy, with both a mother and a father blob? There is NO universal constitutional right to extragalactic starbirth. There will surely be a universe-wide stellar referendum to put a stop to this...

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 11, 2011 6:44:53 PM

  14. @ Josh - Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

    Posted by: Nathan | Jan 11, 2011 6:49:44 PM

  15. Kind of looks like a Romulan Warbird.

    Posted by: loki7329 | Jan 11, 2011 9:04:15 PM

  16. @Josh ... What Nathan said! Best laugh I've had all day! :-D

    Posted by: AtlantaGuy | Jan 11, 2011 9:13:49 PM

  17. What was it created from and where in turn did it's source come from? Chemical reaction? Fine, where did the chemicals come from? Something doesn't come from nothing. And even 'Nothing' is a concept. You don't just have complete non-existence one minute, then suddenly a chemical reaction and big bang.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 11, 2011 10:44:20 PM

  18. I just like the purty colors

    Posted by: Team Snooki | Jan 11, 2011 11:56:49 PM

  19. It looks "strangely alive"'s a giant frog that is hopping toward the "lily pad" that is our galaxy!

    Posted by: Laura | Jan 12, 2011 12:20:11 AM

  20. It's team god, RB. I mean, there can be no other possible explanation than an unverifiable faith based explanation that is equivalent to its absence in explanatory power. That is all.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 12, 2011 12:28:22 AM

  21. Some times my partner's gas is strangely alive.

    Posted by: Mack ORD | Jan 12, 2011 10:21:23 AM

  22. Billions of galaxies....trillions of planets. Aren't we lucky that God chose us to host Sarah Palin!

    Posted by: wimsy | Jan 13, 2011 3:00:52 PM

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