Photo: Giant Space Blob Is Biggest Known Baby Galaxy?



A false-color mosaic shows the giant space blob dubbed Himiko, an object 12.9 billion light-years away. The blob may be the earliest known galaxy of its size, astronomers announced in April 2009.

The mysterious object is 55 thousand light-years across and was named for a legendary Japanese queen.

Image courtesy M. Ouchi et al.


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