Monday, September 15, 2008

Hubble Space Telescope discovers unidentified object

The HST has spotted an unidentified object. (Here's a more serious article.) It's not similar to any type of object previously seen, and it's spectrum doesn't match that of any known object or type of object. There wasn't anything in that part of space before it blipped in, and there's nothing obvious there now that it's faded. So what is it? Nobody's got any good ideas yet.

"The most exciting phrase in science, the one most likely to herald a new discovery, is rarely "Eureka!". More often it's "That's funny. It's not supposed to do that, is it?"."

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