Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Teacher Finds One-of-a-Kind Cosmic Object

Strange cosmic object? Discovered by a teacher? Now that just sounds cool.

Hanny Van Arkel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, discovered a unidentifiable gaseous blob that astronomers have called a unique cosmic event. The green blob may have gotten its energy from the light coming from a quasar, which is radiation emitted from a gigantic black hole. Known as a Voorwerp, which is Dutch for "object", the object is one-of-a-kind. 

It's crazy to think a schoolteacher discovered the unique cosmic object using Galaxy Zoo, a website that classifies galaxies found in images from telescopes. The discovery demonstrates the universe has amazing things to show us. 

(Originally reported by the BBC.)    

7 comments:

madi said...

no way!thats lie!

Maki said...

Wow! I have always been fascinated by space.. I remember when I was little thinking about how big the space is; does space has end, what shape is it really, is there anything outside of space? etc, then I couldn't fall asleep. I am sure there are much more for us to learn about space...

Nicole said...

Well it's very amusing, it's not horribly surprising. There's all sorts of stuff floating around space nobody really knows about, take for example dark matter, we know it exists, we know it effects gravity, and we know it makes up most of the matter in the universe. But we can't see it, can't effect it with electromagnetic forces and can only speculate about its purpose and origin. It's a big universe out there with all kinds of fun stuff to discover.

giggles285 said...

That sounds really amazing!!! It makes your mind go crazy to think how all this stuff is going on around you and youcan see it but it is millions of miles away!!!

freakywiz said...

cool..

maaxiim said...
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izu said...

wow.now that sounds really cool. i wonder if i will ever be able to do the same thing too. :D