Giant mystery blob found near dawn of time
Galaxy-sized object puzzles astronomers; is it related to a black hole?
By Seth Borensteinupdated 6:39 p.m. ET, Wed., April 22, 2009
WASHINGTON - 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.