Monday, September 15, 2008

Hubble Finds Unidentified Object in Space

In December of last year I started hearing about a REALLY strange explosion that seem to happen in the middle of no where (earlier BMU article). Well it would appear that far from fading away, astro-physicist have continued to try and understand this very strange occurance.

Here on the Gizmodo's blog, I again see a report on a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal that documents the occurance while Hubble was observing a small section of sky, when the object appeared without any warning. Showed no sign of moving into the area or leaving the area. But after 100 days of observation, the object simply disappeared.

Since the initial observation, ( On February 21, 2006, in the direction of a cluster in Bootes named CL 1432.5+3332.8) not a whole lot more has been uncovered by the scientists.

Because it just appeared and disappeared, scientists are not sure what it is and even spookier "where" it is. Because without movement or being close to something else they can't tell exactly how big it is. It is likely that it was no closer than 130 lightyears, but without more information it could have been as much as 11 billion lightyears away. It wasn't in any known galaxy and was not a super nova, because it did not match any of the spectral records of previously documented supernova. Click article title for Gizmodo release

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