The Washington Times - April 24, 2009, 08:33AM

Scientists are trying to figure what a huge, radiation-emitting “blob” is doing at the outskirts of the universe, the BBC is reporting.

The “Lyman-alpha blob” is 12.9 billion light years away, so it is one of the most distant and oldest objects astronomers have ever seen. It is also much bigger than anything they would have expected to see so soon after the Big Bang, which occurred about 13.7 billion years ago.


“There are two possibilities,” said an astronomer who has seen the blob. Either “the standard scenario of galaxy formation is wrong, or this particular object is showing something unique.”

These guys have spent years earning advanced degrees and conducting specialized research, and the best name they could come up with for this thing is “the blob?”

The existence of this “blob” is forcing scientists to rethink how galaxies were formed, perhaps even how the Big Bang occurred.  Maybe it wasn’t a “bang” after all.  Maybe it was just a meeting of the blobs.

I think that, instead of trying to figure out what it is, scientists should be more concerned about whether the blob is moving toward us.  Because I’ve seen the Steve McQueen movie, and the blob takes no prisoners.