Blob of Creation


The Hubble Space Telescope got its first look at extraordinary glowing green blob that's birthing new stars in remote areas of the universe where stars usually do not form.

The mass of gas that NASA is calling a "blob" is the size of our Milky Way galaxy and is located 650 million light years away. It is composed mostly of hydrogen gas and glows due to a quasar. Parts of the blob are collapsing inward and this creates the pressure to form new stars, seeding parts of the universe usually barren of stars.

The strange mass was first discovered in 2007 by an elementary school teacher named Hanny van Arkel.  Since that initial discovery astronomers have found 18 similar blobs of creation, but none are as large as this one. The new Hubble photographs enable astronomers to view the object in far greater detail than was previously available.



Image by Nasa.gov