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Hubble Finds Unidentified Object In Space

ScuttleMonkey posted about 6 years ago | from the cosmic-dust-on-the-lens dept.

Space 716

Gizmodo is reporting that the Hubble space telescope has found a new unidentified object in the middle of nowhere. Some are even suggesting that this could be a new class of object. Of course, without actually understanding more about it, the speculation seems a bit wild. "The object also appeared out of nowhere. It just wasn't there before. In fact, they don't even know where it is exactly located because it didn't behave like anything they know. Apparently, it can't be closer than 130 light-years but it can be as far as 11 billion light-years away. It's not in any known galaxy either. And they have ruled out a supernova too. It's something that they have never encountered before. In other words: they don't have a single clue about where or what the heck this thing is."

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Obligatory (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25012863)

That's no moon!

Hubble Windex: For that Deep [Space] Shine! (5, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | about 6 years ago | (#25013189)

That's no moon!

Exactly! NASA obviously needs to do a better job of keeping the lense clean. :-P

Joking aside (at least I HOPE I'm joking!), I have to wonder if this wasn't a large matter/antimatter event. Given that the "object" was described as suddenly appearing, increasing in brightness, then falling off until it disappeared.

Current physics, to my understanding, postulate that the universe had to have consisted of 50/50 matter and antimatter at the beginning. One of the current puzzles the LHC is trying to solve is, what happened to all the antimatter?

Since this is open space, it stands to reason that clouds of matter and antimatter may still be floating around, undisturbed. If the two attracted each other over a cosmically long period, we may be seeing the resulting fireworks.

That's my best guess, anyway.

Re:Hubble Windex: For that Deep [Space] Shine! (5, Funny)

Xaositecte (897197) | about 6 years ago | (#25013391)

Maybe it's another Alien civilization that just annihilated itself in nuclear\fusion\antimatter\something hellfire?

Re:Hubble Windex: For that Deep [Space] Shine! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013511)

No, I looked at the photos and it is clearly a Death Star being constructed out there.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013339)

That's no moon!

Correct. It's Nibiru the brown dwarf.

Re:Obligatory (4, Funny)

somersault (912633) | about 6 years ago | (#25013383)

This is what happens when God plays with lighters after eating mexican food.

Re:Obligatory (3, Insightful)

Eudial (590661) | about 6 years ago | (#25013485)

Didn't you get the memo [xkcd.com] ? A meme that is 20+ years old is an old meme. A tired meme. A meme that needs to rest in peace.

That's no moon. It's a space station. (4, Funny)

lecithin (745575) | about 6 years ago | (#25012865)

FTA-

"Apparently, a scientist at the LHC declared that the object is similar to the flash that an Imperial Star Destroyer does when reaching Warp 10.

Re:That's no moon. It's a space station. (4, Funny)

rodney dill (631059) | about 6 years ago | (#25012927)

...but can it do the Kessel run in 12 parsecs?

Re:That's no moon. It's a space station. (5, Funny)

neltana (795825) | about 6 years ago | (#25013471)

Come on, everyone knows that a Kessel is a measure of volume. Geez.

Re:That's no moon. It's a space station. (5, Funny)

jaguth (1067484) | about 6 years ago | (#25013031)

"They've gone plaid!" - Barf - Spaceballs

Re:That's no moon. It's a space station. (3, Funny)

jd (1658) | about 6 years ago | (#25013209)

Wait a minute - since when do Imperial Star Destroyers use warp drives? They use Bistromath. That's why the commanders always seem drunk.

Re:That's no moon. It's a space station. (0, Troll)

hashax (1190057) | about 6 years ago | (#25013241)

no, its the Firefly, after the show being cancelled it had nowhere else to go.

Re:That's no moon. It's a space station. (1)

77Punker (673758) | about 6 years ago | (#25013319)

Minor correction: the ship's class is Firefly, her name is Serenity.

That's no Space Station, that's an LHC (5, Funny)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | about 6 years ago | (#25013303)

a scientist at the LHC declared

LHC scientists then assured the public that it was not an LHC being used on a different planet by an alien civilization, then being burned in a fierce flash of particle fusion before being enveloped within a subsequent black hole. "The chances would be like winning the lottery ten times in a row" they said. "Not that we would know about any alien civilizations, their freaky purple skin and glowing eyes, or whether they were using an LHC modelled after the one we made on Earth. Speaking of which, I'm not really qualified to talk about it, because this is astronomy and has NOTHING to do with LHCs... Ha ha right? No more questions."

Next week, a new LHC song is promised from the CERN labs and should be another smash hit on Youtube. One of the scientists sung a few of the lines to us as a preview. "We didn't share our technology with a now-extinct alien race less than a few lightyears away. They were probably pretty dumb and annoying anyway. Let's turn this bugger on! Let's turn this bugger on! Smash some particles, yeah!"

Won't be too long before we are all (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 6 years ago | (#25012881)

Bowing to our new intergalactic overlords :-)

I'm betting (5, Funny)

debrain (29228) | about 6 years ago | (#25012883)

... it's a Bowl of Petunias, or a sperm whale (again).

Re:I'm betting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013035)

Be sensible. It's probably Abe Lincoln.

Re:I'm betting (3, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | about 6 years ago | (#25013233)

Oh, Agrajag is going to be even more touchy now.

Re:I'm betting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013287)

I believe it was the Bowl of Petunias that had the "not again" comment...

Re:I'm betting (2, Informative)

rev_g33k_101 (886348) | about 6 years ago | (#25013399)

yes, yes it was
"The bowl of petunias was created during one occurrence when the Heart of Gold's Infinite Improbability Drive was activated. It appeared in mid-air, and promptly fell to the ground and shattered.

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that, we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now. "

http://www.hhgttgonline.com/html/petunias.html [hhgttgonline.com]

"The whale has only one scene in the TV show and movie, but nevertheless he tries to make productive use of his limited time to attempt to come to terms with his existence, naming things that he discovers along the way, such as his tail and the wind whipping past him very rapidly as he approaches the large thing coming towards him very quickly that he names "ground", and wonders to himself whether or not it would like to be his friend."

http://www.hhgttgonline.com/html/whale.html [hhgttgonline.com]

Re:I'm betting (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013545)

It's actually a Constructor Fleet enroute. We really should have reviewed the plans at Alpha Centauri while we had the chance...

Logical conclusion (2, Funny)

incognito84 (903401) | about 6 years ago | (#25012891)

Maybe they should try cleaning off the lens?

Galactus? (1)

Anvil the Ninja (38143) | about 6 years ago | (#25012901)

The Silver Surfer wouldn't be detectable at astronomical ranges.

All thermal sensors are jammed. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25012905)

One shows a million degrees. The others, minus five thousand.

Aliens must own stock too. (5, Funny)

tjstork (137384) | about 6 years ago | (#25012909)

It's obvious that this was the flash of an extraterrestrial civilization that just destroyed itself when it realized that all of its savings were tied up in Lehman Brothers stock.

Re:Aliens must own stock too. (5, Funny)

eebra82 (907996) | about 6 years ago | (#25013357)

*Bursts out in sporadic laughter*

It's clear to me... I just know... I just know what it is!

*Sporadic laughter again*

This is direct evidence of Xenu's lost civilization.

Best regards,
Dr. T. Cruise

Re:Aliens must own stock too. (3, Funny)

loftwyr (36717) | about 6 years ago | (#25013569)

That's it! Scientology is wrong! Xemu didn't land here, he landed on that bright light.

The light was the 1000's of nuclear warheads killing off the people on that planet, not this one!

No wonder Scientologists are crackpots. They're looking for theatans that aren't there!

Re:Aliens must own stock too. (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 6 years ago | (#25013381)

You know, for something that is likely to get the already 3/4 paranoid Slashdot audience to not only tape their tin foil hats on with extra duct tape, but to start digging holes in the basement...

It's a pretty lousy picture. All that money for a little black dot. My 10 year old photocopier can do that.

Ominous! (4, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | about 6 years ago | (#25012917)

Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black body sphere and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back.

Re:Ominous! (4, Funny)

CdBee (742846) | about 6 years ago | (#25013137)

Time to call up a few friends

Regards

GSV Steely Glint
(cc Fates amenable to change, Ethics Gradient)

Re:Ominous! (2, Funny)

JPRelph (519032) | about 6 years ago | (#25013279)

Certainly Interesting Times...

Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013225)

And tag this article "Outside Context Problem".

Re:Ominous! (1)

torkus (1133985) | about 6 years ago | (#25013493)

Random reference leads to...google...leads to new SciFi books to read! Yay!

P.S. If they suck I'm coming back to complain :)

In unrelated news... (1)

liquiddark (719647) | about 6 years ago | (#25012921)

The first space janitor has been contracted to clean "several unspecified glass surfaces".

Re:In unrelated news... (4, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 6 years ago | (#25013097)

Mike broke the Hubble! Mike broke the Hubble!

look out! (0, Redundant)

mustafap (452510) | about 6 years ago | (#25012945)

It's the death star!

McCain... (0, Troll)

gmac63 (12603) | about 6 years ago | (#25012947)

I have a theory that we have finally found John McCain's missing personality.

Makes sense. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013541)

At 11 billion light years out, he would have had to lose his personality well into his late 20's.

Moondust on the sensor (1)

srussia (884021) | about 6 years ago | (#25012951)

They should have paid Olympus for Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) technology.

EVERYBODY RUN!!! (1)

TheFrunk (1096377) | about 6 years ago | (#25012993)

ITS THE GROX!

Stargate? (1)

bman (84104) | about 6 years ago | (#25012995)

Perhaps the LHC is actually a Stargate?

George Carlin Effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25012997)

A new "disease" which has no known "symptoms" ...

My keys? (2, Funny)

Pedrito (94783) | about 6 years ago | (#25013009)

Did I leave my keys out in space again? I keep doing that. Sorry.

It's the Primes (1)

static416 (1002522) | about 6 years ago | (#25013023)

Anyone read Pandora Star by Peter Hamilton? Let's not investigate this too deeply or MorningLightMountain is going to kick our ass.

Re:It's the Primes (1)

n dot l (1099033) | about 6 years ago | (#25013249)

I loved those books. The whole time I couldn't help thinking, "What an awesome future, tragic that it's only fiction."

The 5th element (5, Funny)

webappsec (854813) | about 6 years ago | (#25013029)

For those of you who have seen the movie the fifth element be scared, be very scared.

Spaceball 1... (0, Redundant)

cjh79 (754103) | about 6 years ago | (#25013051)

They've gone to plaid!!!

fly on the lens? (2, Funny)

mytrip (940886) | about 6 years ago | (#25013055)

shame hubble doesnt have windshield wipers

Re:fly on the lens? (3, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | about 6 years ago | (#25013265)

If there was a fly on the lens of the Hubble, then we've got bigger problems than unknown objects 11 million light years away!

(Insert "I for one..." meme.)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013061)

Wow, Fox really outdid themselves this time.

Don't worry, it's just part of the marketing roll-out to the upcoming release.

I know what it is... (4, Funny)

Sooner Boomer (96864) | about 6 years ago | (#25013073)

...that dam' kid down the block with his laser pointer again!

they found God ? (1)

slarr (1364415) | about 6 years ago | (#25013075)

wonder how God looks...

Re:they found God ? (4, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | about 6 years ago | (#25013167)

When god is a bit more impressive than 21st magnitude, let me know.

Chronicles of Riddick 2 (1)

dirtydog (51697) | about 6 years ago | (#25013085)

It's Riddick and the Necromongers coming back for a sequel.

Oblig Tag (0, Redundant)

Maestro485 (1166937) | about 6 years ago | (#25013089)

Thats no moon...

It is probably (or IMprobably...) (1)

2names (531755) | about 6 years ago | (#25013107)

The Heart of Gold.

Thank you, Douglass, we miss you.

Obvious answer (4, Funny)

bobdehnhardt (18286) | about 6 years ago | (#25013115)

It's a gigantic sphere of single socks, nonworking ball point pens, car keys, reading glasses, coffee mugs....

Well, they have to go somewhere....

His noodly appendages (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013133)

it must be the flying spaghetti monster!

I for one welcome our new overlords. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013145)

I for one welcome our new overlords.

Probably. (5, Funny)

Markimedes (1292762) | about 6 years ago | (#25013157)

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say it's a rock.

The Borg! (4, Funny)

MarkvW (1037596) | about 6 years ago | (#25013193)

It's the Borg! I'm selling my Lehman stock now!

please stop with the inane star wars jokes (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 6 years ago | (#25013213)

what is wrong with you people?

we all know deep in our hearts it is the decepticons

Next space walk to hubble... (1)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | about 6 years ago | (#25013221)

Next space walk to Hubble, they should make sure to have the astronauts bring some windex.

Galactic Overlord (1)

lreynolds (190164) | about 6 years ago | (#25013237)

I knew someone had 'Galactic Overlord' copyrighted, and now they're coming to enforce it.

Modding system (5, Interesting)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 6 years ago | (#25013247)

I do wish the Funny mod wouldn't make so many posts appear so prominently on a thread. Maybe the first few 'funny' modded posts can appear, after than 'insightful,' 'informative' or 'interesting' get priority. I mean, I've read all the posts above and they're very funny (even the /. cliches), but it starts to get a bit old when you scroll all the way down a thread and can't find anything that adds a bit of information to the discussion.

I clicked on here hoping someone with an astrophysics or cosmology background might be able to have a stab and guessing what this thing might be, or have something interesting to say about Hubble.

Re:Modding system (5, Insightful)

TheCycoONE (913189) | about 6 years ago | (#25013455)

But there's nothing insightful, informative, or interesting to say. The summary covered that: "they don't have a single clue about where or what the heck this thing is."

Re:Modding system (4, Funny)

the_humeister (922869) | about 6 years ago | (#25013459)

I clicked on here hoping someone with an astrophysics or cosmology background might be able to have a stab and guessing what this thing might be, or have something interesting to say about Hubble.

hahahahaa!!... Oh wait, you were serious...

Re:Modding system (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013481)

Or perhaps find a link to the actual paper in question. I agree that funny all to often dominates what would otherwise be an interesting discussion forum.

Re:Modding system (5, Insightful)

Tipa (881911) | about 6 years ago | (#25013535)

Can't get much funnier than getting your astronomy news from a gadget site.

Scooped! (5, Funny)

LaminatorX (410794) | about 6 years ago | (#25013277)

I'm picturing a staff meeting at Engadget where the editor is yelling, "If Gizmodo beats us to press with a previously unknown class of celestial object one more time, heads are gonna roll around here!"

Race to theorize (2, Insightful)

Itninja (937614) | about 6 years ago | (#25013285)

Whatever it is you can bet the scientist community will be quick to publish a theory as to its' identification. And that theory will be immediately disseminated to the public as a fact. And then any following theories (even more plausible ones) will be discarded as foolish.

Re:Race to theorize (1)

zappepcs (820751) | about 6 years ago | (#25013551)

And this goes to show? IMO, it shows that humans are simply not designed to comprehend something that can explode with that kind of magnitude. I'm not saying no one here is smart, but this sort of thing just isn't on the radar of our day to day lives.

Some of the comments I read, offering options of super massive black hole imploding to our universe bumped into another universe are interesting. Both things we've never seen before, so would not know what they look like. Speaking of that, there are a LOT of things we've never seen before, so I'm sure there are more out there and perhaps this one is something that happens quite a bit more often than we would imagine. Despite the LHC jokes here, this is one reason to justify the efforts that they are laboring with at the LHC. Understanding these things needs a complete understanding of matter and how the universe works. There are a lot of reasons for wanting to know. Our fuel source for the 23rd century might actually be mined from the outer planets... once we get the space travel/survival thing down a bit better.

What exactly happens when you spill a big barrel of anit-matter in the lab?

No 2001 comments yet? (1)

mrloafbot (739993) | about 6 years ago | (#25013291)

Monolith? Anybody check the moon for any radio burst? :)

Re:No 2001 comments yet? (1)

Eudial (590661) | about 6 years ago | (#25013435)

My god! It's full of stars!

Loop (5, Funny)

halcyon1234 (834388) | about 6 years ago | (#25013301)

It's the Universe's backup of itself. It would store it offsite, but it's kinda hard when everywhere is here.

Gates/Seinfeld? (2, Funny)

jmhowitt (212498) | about 6 years ago | (#25013323)

Could be the next Gates/Seinfeld ad?

In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013379)

The Intergalatic Post reports Darth Vader says "Death Star nearly complete--this time young Skywalker will pay". Neither Luke Skywalker nor Princess Leia responded to the request for comment.

Beam me up! (1)

Kingrames (858416) | about 6 years ago | (#25013385)

Please!

A Matrioshka Brain decloaking (2, Interesting)

bradbury (33372) | about 6 years ago | (#25013387)

A Matrioshka Brain decloaking (tilting the orbiting computronium so it is parallel to the direction of star-to-earth line of sight rather then perpendicular) would fit the bill. But if it has disappeared again they need to go looking for it with their best IR telescopes and I suspect the observing time committees aren't going to be in a rush to approve time to look for a Matrioshka Brain. :-(

Physicists, and to a lesser extent astronomers, have a real problem starting with the assumption that the universe may be populated by species which have evolved there technology and intelligence to the limits allowed by physical laws...

Is it a cylinder? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013393)

RAMA!!

Sky and Telescope Article (5, Informative)

Quantum Jim (610382) | about 6 years ago | (#25013407)

The Sky and Telescope article [skyandtelescope.com] is much better than the Gizmodo blog [gizmodo.com] . The article explains why it can't be closer than 130 ly due to no parallax [wikipedia.org] , though IDK why they didn't use a more sensitive satellite for measuring parallax of objects up to 1600 ly away. Maybe it was only seen after the fact, or the other satellite was not sensitive enough? The thing could not be farther than 11 billion ly either, since otherwise the light would be distorted as it passed through interstellar hydrogen clouds (i.e. "cosmic hydrogen absorption in its spectrum"). The Sky and Telescope article even includes a reference to the original paper describing the phenomenon [arxiv.org] . I suggest you read that article instead. It is much more interesting!

Based on past experience, I'm fairly sure... (1)

bugeaterr (836984) | about 6 years ago | (#25013411)

...It's the size of Texas, sir!

(and oddly, enough shaped like Rhode Island, go figure.)

battlestar? (3, Funny)

lucky130 (267588) | about 6 years ago | (#25013413)

I'm just going to go ahead and assume it's a Cylon base ship jumping around.

And these Clowns expect us to believe GLOBAL (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013417)

Warming? Those idiots cant predict where a hurricane will land in a week or some rubbish that the object cant be closer than 130 light years up to 11 BILLION away?/

There could be a very simple explanation (1)

mikvo (587789) | about 6 years ago | (#25013431)

My 18-month old has been depositing random items in random places lately. I'll look around and see if I'm missing anything again today.

Holy crap! (1)

marco.antonio.costa (937534) | about 6 years ago | (#25013433)

Rama's coming, boys. :)

Uh Oh... (3, Funny)

dhj (110274) | about 6 years ago | (#25013461)

That's what happened the last time a civilization constructed a 14 TeV large hadron collider! I need some protection. Where's my tinfoil hat!

Is this for real??? (2, Informative)

jstott (212041) | about 6 years ago | (#25013495)

Is this blog post for real, or is it just a way to grab some traffic and ad revenue?

I can't find a likely looking original article on the astro-ph preprint server [arxiv.org] , nor on the Astrophysics [springer.com] Journal site [subscription required?]. Furthermore, the researchers who made this alleged disocovery aren't credited or even mentioned in the blog post, so there's no names to Google for ("hubble AND unknown" only comes up with the original article). Does anyone know the original source, or this just some blogger's idea of a joke?

-JS

Speck of dust on the lens... (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about 6 years ago | (#25013497)

Betcha... *lol*

Attention Deficit--ohh Shiny Thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013501)

Meanwhile...about a half a dozen ADD astronomers are preoccupied with this new shiney thing, another five decided to go ride bikes.

Here we go (2, Funny)

ntshma (864614) | about 6 years ago | (#25013503)

Looks like some other civilization just turned on their new LHC too.

Space is Awesome! (1)

tambo (310170) | about 6 years ago | (#25013513)

Kind of makes you want to...

...break into song?

I love the black holes,
I love the quasars,
I love gas giants
And both the moons of Mars!
I love the Oort Cloud
And all the "billion stars!"
Boom de yada, boom de yada,
Boom de yada, boom de yada...

I love big telescopes
And supercollider rings,
I love dark matter
And six-dimension strings!
This space is awesome
It's our Final Frontier!
Boom de yada, boom de yada,
Boom de yada, boom de yada...

- David Stein

Best approach (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 6 years ago | (#25013517)

Apparently, it can't be closer than 130 light-years but it can be as far as 11 billion light-years away. It's not in any known galaxy either. And they have ruled out a supernova too. It's something that they have never encountered before. In other words: they don't have a single clue about where or what the heck this thing is.

Fortunately, with Bush in office, we can count on a simple, direct solution that's unencumbered by a lot of scientifical mumbo-jumbo. We'll send someone out to check. Sitting on earth, just looking at it with telescopes is the Democratic way.

Hey, you kids! Get away from there! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013521)

Brings to mind one of my favorite SNL skits. Steve Martin and Bill Murray looking off stage and riffing on the line, "What the H**L is that??"

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/79/79awhatthehell.phtml

Serious guess (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25013527)

Couldn't it be a new star forming? I don't think we've ever witnessed a star being born before, so its early days as it starts fusion and begins emitting light could look like nothing we've ever seen before. It might wink on and off like a baby taking its first steps.Just a college student's guess.

ooh, I know! a spare box of Higgs bosons! (1)

swschrad (312009) | about 6 years ago | (#25013565)

check the mailing label, we might find the rest of the dark matter. thanks, Hubble scientists!

Three words: (1)

AJWM (19027) | about 6 years ago | (#25013589)

"Warp core breach"

I know exactly what it is... (1)

HydraSwitch (184123) | about 6 years ago | (#25013591)

It's the universe's belly button!

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