Giant Space Blob Discovered . . .

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  1. mrkirker

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    Giant Space Blob Is Biggest Known Baby Galaxy?
    Rebecca Carroll
    for National Geographic News

    April 22, 2009

    A giant space blob discovered in the far reaches of the universe has scientists puzzling over what exactly the bizarre object might be, according to a new study.

    At 12.9 billion light-years away, the blob—dubbed Himiko after a legendary Japanese queen—is the fourth most distant object ever discovered, said lead study author Masami Ouchi, a Carnegie Institution fellow.

    Because of the time it takes light from so far away to reach Earth, astronomers are seeing the blob as it was when the universe was just 800 million years old, about 6 percent of its current age.

    But "the most significant feature of this object is the size," said Ouchi, who describes the find in the May 10 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

    Himiko is about 55 thousand light-years across, or roughly the size of a mature present-day galaxy, making the young blob the earliest known object of its size.

    In addition, the blob has an unusual structure: A large mass of stars sits its center, while the whole thing is shrouded by a mysterious cloud of electrically charged hydrogen.

    According to Ouchi, Himiko could be some sort of primordial galaxy, but one that does not resemble other galaxies found during the so-called cosmic dawn.

    As Ralph leans forward to read the article again, his dog Ernie, arises uneasily and leaves the room.
     
  2. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

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    You have a link or source because I haven't heard of this.
     

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    Sorry, I couldn't resist:p
     

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  4. mrkirker

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    That's exactly what came to mind as I read the article! LOL!
     
  5. RunningOnMT

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    All that BS obama spewed out in the presidential campaign congealed out in space.
     
  6. mrkirker

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    The weirdest thing about this, is that it reads just like the beginning of an old sci-fi disaster film of the 1950's!
     
  7. JLA

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    cool!! maybe they have a planet in there where they can own as many guns and ammo as they want, gas is free, you dont have to work to earn a living, and every body minds thier own business, and any audible vocalization of the term 'obama' is considered a sin and the person uttering it would be shipped to earth;)
     
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    Beware of the BLOB!!!:eek::eek::eek: By the time it gets here, we'll be 12 billion light years older, what will we do:p:p:p. TJ
     
  9. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

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    Roll in our graves?

    Thanks, Pistol. Gee, it looks all pixlated, I wonder if the native language is binary.
     
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    Thats all we need, more Illegals.:rolleyes:
     
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    :D:D:D:D:D
     
  13. JLA

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    How else do you explain the origins of that guy???:D
     
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    I think it's the accumulation of all the weight I've lost over the years...I always wondered where that went!!