Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Sonic Glitch » Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:08 am

Hubble telescope zeroes in on green blob in space

This handout photo provided by NASA, taken April 12, 2010 by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows an unusual, ghostly green blob of gas appears to float AP –

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer – Mon Jan 10, 9:22 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.

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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Tsukiyumi » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:22 am

Sonic Glitch wrote:"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 concluded by adding, "this is some good sh*t!"


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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Sonic Glitch » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:33 am

Tsukiyumi wrote:
Sonic Glitch wrote:"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 concluded by adding, "this is some good sh*t!"


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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Reliant121 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:22 am

That sounds pretty much perfect for the dutch. :P
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby shran » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:43 pm

Apperently another milestone in our long-standing list of astronomy feats. Kuiper-belt, Oort-cloud, the LOFAR project, you name it. :)
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Mark » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:22 pm

It never fails. I watch Sci Fi and wonder to myself, "where do they come up with this shit"? Then I hear something like this, and start thinking the Sci Fi writers are coming up with more believable stuff.
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:24 pm

I got the shuttle. Anyone else got the timed explosives? ;)
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Sonic Glitch » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:51 am

RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:I got the shuttle. Anyone else got the timed explosives? ;)

My timer's being shipped to Voyager for their mission into the Badlands. It should arrive Tuesday (right after the medical staff and photon torpedos ;))
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Tsukiyumi » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:47 am

:lol:
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Mikey » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:51 am

Sonic Glitch wrote:
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:I got the shuttle. Anyone else got the timed explosives? ;)

My timer's being shipped to Voyager for their mission into the Badlands. It should arrive Tuesday (right after the medical staff and photon torpedos ;))


Don't worry about the torps; Voyager's ammo is self-replicating.

On a more serious note, has anybody else noted how cool (and odd) it is to see this type of stellar nursery outside of a galaxy? Could this, in fact, be a look at how galaxies are born?
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:52 pm

Mikey wrote:
Sonic Glitch wrote:
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:I got the shuttle. Anyone else got the timed explosives? ;)

My timer's being shipped to Voyager for their mission into the Badlands. It should arrive Tuesday (right after the medical staff and photon torpedos ;))


Don't worry about the torps; Voyager's ammo is self-replicating.

On a more serious note, has anybody else noted how cool (and odd) it is to see this type of stellar nursery outside of a galaxy? Could this, in fact, be a look at how galaxies are born?


Yeah, that would be pretty cool there.
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Mark » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:34 pm

I was stargazing last night (had a beautiful orange full moon over the ocean last night) when I saw what looked like a star moving at a stately pace last night. Did we have any stellar phenomona last night?

I thought it may have been a satellite, but I don't know. A comet maybe?
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Nickswitz » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:43 pm

More than likely a satellite.
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Tyyr » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:44 pm

Sounds like a satellite, maybe the ISS.
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Re: Giant Interstellar Space Amoeba Anybody

Postby Mikey » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:03 pm

Yeah, if it's not flickering or twinkling and it keeps a steady pace, its a satellite.
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