Voorwerp Gives Vastly Intriguing View!

January 12, 2011 at 1:44 AM (Uncategorized)

As always, I am fascinated by the latest discoveries made by astronomers.  A latest image taken by The Hubble Space Telescope is amazing viewers of space and scientific studies.  This particular sight is intriguing because of the nature of it.  Scientists seem to be saying that it should not be there!

Well, it is not that it should not be there; so much it is that a highly rare/chance event is allowing it to be visible.  Deep into the vacuous regions of space, astronomers have been viewing what is being described as a dead cloud of gas.  It is located a mind-boggling 650 million light years away, a length of time before humanity “graced” our planet.

It is called Hanny’s Voorwerp, which is Dutch for Hanny’s Object.  It was discovered in 2007 by a Netherlands teacher, Ms. Hanny van Arkel, during a volunteer school astronomy project.  Studies of it reveal that it is roughly equal in size to our Milky Way Galaxy.  It is an enormous cloud of green gas that is located practically beside the galaxy IC 2497.      

Hanny’s Voorwerp is interesting because of the nature of it’s visibility.  We are able to see it from Earth because it is illuminated by the light coming from an unlikely source.  The light that was emitted by an ancient quasar is allowing The Voorwerp to be seen.  Yet, the quasar itself no longer exists!  It died/faded some 200,000 years ago.  However, as it’s light remains, it has allowed The Voorwerp to be visible from the left-over light passing through the region.

Very interesting, I thought.  I have to continue repeating that studies of outer space are so intriguing because there is so much that we just do not know, and so many mysteries are out there to be discovered.  More amazingly, Hanny’s Voorwerp is absorbing gas from nearby IC 2497, causing an immense region to become a stellar nursery!

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