WASHINGTON — The Hubble Space Telescope got its first peek at a mysterious giant green blob in outer space and found that it is 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 do not normally form.
The blob of gas was discovered first 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, Washington.