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    glowing green blob found floating around space, creating new stars....

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    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

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    That's so cool on so many levels.
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    its formed by two galaxies getting too close to each other apparently.all it is a big ball of hydrogen gas. it's not really green either,it was likely just like all the other balls of gas but the specific region it's currently moving through for the last maybe 100 years or so is what gives it a glowing green appearance.
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