Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mysterious Blob Found in Universe's Past!

I'm not sure what to make of this article, since most of the scientists seem to be unable to make anything of it either. So here's MSNBC's best shot at explaining:
A strange giant space “blob” spotted when the universe was relatively young has got astronomers puzzled.Using space and ground telescopes, astronomers looked back to when the universe was only 800 million years old and found something that was out of proportion and out of time. It was gaseous, big, and emitted a certain type of radiation, said study lead author Masami Ouchi, an astronomer at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, Calif.

Scientists don’t even know what to call it. So they just called it a radiation-emitting “blob.” They used that horror-film staple 34 times in their peer-reviewed study, which will be published in next month’s edition of the Astrophysical Journal. More formally, they named it Himiko, after a legendary ancient Japanese queen.

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